Last night, I was honored to be able to share a message in memory of Dr. King’s legacy. Inspired by one of his many quotes, the message was one of personal responsibility.
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Injustice is only allowed to both prevail and thrive because we allow it to do so. So much of what happens is witnessed by the “good” and allowed to continue because the “bad” are not held accountable. From what is seemingly harmless to the outright criminal, unjust behavior is unjust.
We all affect and are affected by our community, however you define community. When something happens to someone else, there is some impact on us, whether we are aware of it or not.
Last night, the Town of Danvers Diversity Committee went above and beyond by recognizing the efforts of members of their community for taking on the unjust and doing something to create change. We all have the capacity affect the life of another person. We choose through our action, or inaction, just what that impact will be. I challenge you to be a positive influence in the life of others. Don’t turn a blind eye to the marginalization of your neighbors, co-workers, family members. Learn how to engage and take on the difficult task of holding each other accountable. It is the only way the world will truly change.
Remember that silence translates to the action of allowing injustice to prevail.
YOU can make a difference. You can also acknowledge the every day efforts and courage that people around you show…don’t wait for a special day, once a year. Lift each other up and be LOUD.
Thank you Danvers, for honoring the legacy of Dr. King and thank you to the honorees for being brave and taking a stand in all of the ways you were able to make a difference. Please click on the link for more information on the honorees.