Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.,

We still have so far to go, don't we?

Your courage, compassion, and love paved the way for a better America. And while some of the ideals you fought for continue to be ideals, underrepresented, marginalized, and minority people have the courage to speak up. The suppressed have a relentless voice that is continually threatened by the wealthy, the white, the straight, the men, the bigots. But the fight continues. Succumbing to privileged America is never an option. 

I won't claim to know what it's like to face prejudice but I'm grateful to be a part of a generation that strives for change. A generation that desires to celebrate the Native People that our country was founded on, rather than the racist, misogynistic man that claims to have 'discovered America', for example. A generation that participates in activism and is learning how to utilize their voices.  A generation that refuses to let even the most powerful politicians tell them how they should behave, act, feel, or live. A generation that fights for and with one another for an inclusive country to call home.

I like to believe it's all rooted in love. Everyone deserves to be loved equally. No one has more of a 'right' to kindness, opportunity, and love. Rev. Dr. King, you were the spark that ignited this movement of equality that continues to this day. Thank you.

Thank you for your bravery. I can't even begin to fathom how much courage it took to lead a movement like this one in the 1950's.

Thank you for the peace you brought to protest.

Thank you for putting God at the center of it all. You showed that God is truly a God of Love.

Thank you for seeing beyond your personal comfort for a much greater purpose.

April 4th, 2018 marks 50 years since your assassination. Your voice is as powerful as ever. Your legacy still inspires. Your life continues to steer a nation in the right direction. Thank you.