This morning I had the pleasure of attending the NAACP Greater Huachuca Branch's MLK celebration in honor of today's holiday. It was wonderful to see so many members of our community honor Dr. King and his legacy of service virtually. Sierra Vista's mayor Rick Mueller was also in attendance.
One of the speakers, Torin Ellis, shared a beautiful quote from the late Toni Morrison: "I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence."
Ellis challenged all in attendance to write down two things you want to change in 2021 and one thing you want to leave behind in 2020, saying, "Dr. Martin Luther King lost his life for the privileges we have today," and we should honor his legacy by continuing to fight for a better future. That's why MLK Day is often also referred to as the National Day of Service.
I'd love to hear how you connect with MLK Day, or what resolutions you'd like to follow through on in 2021 to improve the world around you! One of mine is to spend more time volunteering -- this can be as easy as joining a local community cleanup event. Are you a part of any volunteer organizations you'd like to spread the word about? Let me know!