Words without conviction mean nothing.
Words without action accomplish nothing.
Words without belief inspire nothing.
Words without echoes will be remembered with and as nothing.
Words without wisdom in an attempt for good will rise and strengthen nothing.
Words are powerful, but they must be paired with things alongside more powerful still. Speak, but let your voice have meaning. This is why Martin Luther King Jr grew such a following. This is why he was strong. This is why he made and is still making a difference.
This is why he died. Because he would not be silent. He would not stand passive. He would not speak empty words. This is why he has a movement. A legacy.
For my black friends, this is why you’re where you are, and why you must keep going. Especially in places where racism still runs rampant. If you’ve ever been to small out of the way towns in places like Mississippi, you’ll see that this is true. Like King said, injustice anywhere is a danger to justice everywhere. Be strong, but do not fall to your oppressor’s levels. Be wise and kind and also fierce. I will stand by you.
For my fellow LGBT+. For my women. My fellow people that are disabled. We have our movements as well, and King did not only hold up an example to fight for his own people, but for equality everywhere. Remember this man, and keep fighting for our voices to be heard. Stand. For each other and yourself. For the future and past as well as the present. For the day everyone will have opportunity regardless, and will be judged solely by actions, not skin color, orientation, gender, sex, or disabilities/abilities. This day is for all of us to remember, and for all of us to dream, and to believe.