January 15th, 2007 is Martin Luther King Day, an American national holiday that celebrates the birthday—and the life and times—of Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian minister who championed the Civil Rights movement in America in the 1960s. You may be familiar with his “I Have a Dream” speech, given at the March on Washington in 1963, when he expressed the hope that the black and white races would one day live in perfect equality, harmony and unity. This sentiment is echoed in Bahá’u’lláh’s command unto humanity: “Close your eyes to racial differences, and welcome all with the light of oneness.”
Read more about the Baha’i perspective on Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.
Since Martin Luther King Day is celebrated as a Day of Service, we may also want to consider today ways in which we can serve humanity. Visit the US Government’s official MLK Day website for service ideas, or consider your own ways you can volunteer or be of service. (Hint: to go along with the picture above, you may want to help out at your friendly neighbourhood children’s class!)