Five things to remember this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Day 20)

Martin Luther King Escorting Children

He didn’t achieve what achieved alone.

1968 is not as long ago as some would like to believe.

All of the blood that was shed to make America true to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

We are all connected to each other.

The struggle continues.

His birthday is Jan. 15

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.