Since 1984, the third Monday of January each year, the United States celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day. The Day is marked on occasion of his birthday, 15 January 1929. A precious opportunity to treasure the life and achievements of the American civil rights leader who fought through nonviolent means to overcome racial segregation in the United States.
Today we pay tribute to this extraordinary man and reverend with a brief excerpt of the letter that he wrote on 16 April 1963 from the prison in Birmingham where he was imprisoned following a civil disobedience. In the letter he recalls the importance of interdependence especially for those deprived of fundamental rights.
“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”