Today in the United States we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a visionary, a leader, and above all else, persistent.
This week I want to hone in on how that persistence manifested. Dr. King understood that change would happen when there was the opportunity to build relationship. In order for Americans to be truly free, all people needed to be able to have a conversation. To talk, to learn about one another, to share their similarities, these were necessary to realize that we are more alike than we are different.
Being a millennial, I can at times take for granted, that in our not so distant past, two people of a different race couldn't even share a table, a bathroom, or certain section of a bus. Relationships are built in those small moments, in those everyday occurrences that make us who we are.
If you read Dr. King's most famous speech, "I have a Dream", he calls for our nation to give everyone the chance to have those moments. He encouraged conversations to build the relationships, free of fear of prosecution or death.
I believe that Dr. King would be proud of the progress that has been made since his untimely death almost 46 years ago. And, there is still more to do.
More conversations need to continue to happen. There are relationships that need to grow. There are voices that are still unheard.
This week, stay persistent and keep having the conversation.