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Passing the torch

January 23, 2014

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“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Those were the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he reflected on the value of labor, its impact and meaning in America. As we pause this week to remember the work and legacy of Dr. King, we also must keep in mind to teach and demonstrate those values to this and the next generation. The King Holiday continues to grow in its importance as more and more communities and businesses embrace the significance of what he believed in and stood for. It’s just good business.
MLK Day is not just another holiday, but it is a day in which to refocus and to reflect on what is important in life. Without a doubt, Dr. King’s life’s work helped us all to live better and to achieve more. We must also remind ourselves that it took a lot for his birthday to become a national holiday… of course that is another story all to itself.
In the light of Dr. King’s work, it is always easy to just stay the way you are and not change a thing, but in the reality of life it is impossible to remain the same. Regardless of how much we desire to keep things the way we found them, enjoy what we have; we all know that change happens and it occurs sooner than later. The world is a place of constant motion… ins and outs… ups and downs… dips and curves. And when you take an honest look at things, we all are continuously changing, little bit by little bit. It could be because of age… it could be because of more knowledge… it could be because of more experience… or it just could be that we are evolving and adapting to what is happening as we go along.
The greatest thing that we can do is to empower those in the upcoming generation to take the lead. It is to begin the process of passing things of importance on to them. Keeping the status quo will not be enough. This new generation has some new ideas, dreams, visions, and a boarder way of thinking and seeing things. We should not be afraid of the new leadership that is emerging in the next generation of African Americans, they will bring a few changes, … spice it up or add a few new twists they say… to many things that worked well in the past. Of course there will be a price to be paid… but they will make the best of the legacy we leave behind.” So we can only expect that more progress will be made in making our nation better, and bring true light to what God intended.
Dr. Andrew Calhoun, can be contacted at andrewiiicalhoun@gmail.com, Twitter #AC53, or call 414-571-5015. You can hear Dr. Calhoun each Sunday at Grace Fellowship Church, 3879 N. Port Washington Rd. Milwaukee.