Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had said many great things. There is one quote from him that has resonated with me.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Freedom is never given without being asked for it. There has not been one instance that I can think of in history where freedom was given without it being desired. Many parents don’t give their children freedom and independence until they beg for it, and even then it may not be until they are at a mature age. The American Colonies had to fight and use violence to gain freedom from Great Britain, who was oppressing the colonies with high taxes.
Instead of having a day off, what can we do?
We should take the time to educate the youth. We should revisit and teach about the Civil Rights Movement talk with our families and our communities about the importance of picking up the megaphone or pen instead of the sword.