(Mobile, AL)--Today we honor a "true man of peace." Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Your life and legacy lives on in me and many other journalists who stand squarely on your shoulders. As our nation prepares to set aside a day to honor you and the sacrifice your family made during the second inauguration of President Barak Obama, I'm think about how far we've come. We've come a long way as a nation, but I can't ignore the fact that there is so much more to be done.
Your message of non-violence has truly been lost in the generation you left behind. Today the number of violent crimes, school shootings and murders blows the mind. Gone is the hunger for change, equality, integrity, sacrifice and humility. We've become a society of Reality TV where Twitter and Facebook are now the barometer for measuring a man. Seldom do we hear of anyone who takes a stand for what is right. Too often a six-figured salary is the motivation. Too often too many people are made famous for doing absolutely nothing to make the world a better place to live.
I can only pray some day a new drum major will surface. A man or woman with your tenacity, drive, fearless commitment of justice and equality for all. A true visionary who will be governed by your words; "it's always the right time to do what's right." Happy Birthday Dr. King. The world is a better place because you were here, if only for a little while.