The legacy of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is celebrated across the United States (US) today with a holiday.
Community efforts to better the environs of many places have taken hold in recent years as the major events marking the birthday of the late civil rights leader, who would have turned 90-years-old, last week.
Dr. King's nonviolent movement to garner better recognition and equality for Americans is celebrated and cited across the globe as an outstanding accomplishment of patience and civility toward achieving the inherent rights of Blacks. Most of Dr. King's legacy is attributed to his non-violent stance in the face of a violent white American population that lynched, killed, jailed, segregated and discriminated against Blacks.
Thus far, history has heaped praised upon Dr. King for his nonviolent philosophy and the subsequent civil rights legislations that opened many doors to opportunity to Americans - including Blacks, women and other minorities, toward having a bigger and brighter future in the US.
Yet, after years of progress, today's classes of minorities in America are now confronted by a modern civil division that threatens the reliability of the Republic as a place of freedom, opportunity, equality and the rule of law.
Adding insult to injury: the absence of any forcible rejection by the Executive to this division, hereby sets up a new era in the struggle for civil and human rights in America. The mode of protests against this new division has been primarily peaceful, thus far. Will Dr. King's model of peaceful protest prevail in these times? Only time will tell.