Will We “Parish Together As Fools”?

What we are facing today is the fact that through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers (and sisters)—or we will all perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1965 at Oberlin College

Where are we fifty-eight years after MLK, leader of the American civil rights movement, made this statement? If you Google MLK Day 2023, the first pages tell you what’s closed on this federal holiday. Scrolling down a ways, it does say, “On this day we celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, an influential American civil rights leader.” 

Then there’s several more pages of what’s open and what’s closed. Finally, handsontwincities.org/mlkday2023 talks about how the day encourages us to volunteer to improve and strengthen our communities, bridge divisions, address social problems and move closer to Dr. King’s vision. Yes! I want to be prompted to make a difference—never mind that Walmart will remain open.

Affirmation: On this federal holiday I will make a commitment to do something that empowers others.

Coaching questions: What does Martin Luther King Day mean to you? How will you acknowledge this day?

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.  showing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann in a crowd.