The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
My father was an admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, my father used to always say that we shouldn’t judge people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I always thought those words of wisdom came from my dad. I didn’t realize he was quoting Dr. King.
I think my father found inspiration from King because my father had his own experiences with racism as a Turkish immigrant during the 1960s in the United States. And, even in Turkey, he grew up with racism. As far as Turks go, my father was darker skinned than most. Not dark brown but not fair either. He was judged because of the color of his skin—both in Turkey and the United States. So when Martin Luther King, Jr. came along, I think he gave my father hope and a voice. And for that I am grateful.
Today, King’s legacy and words live strong. He continues to inspire. I love this young man’s dream and his homage to Dr. King. “I may not look like Dr. King but I believe like Dr. King”—and he’s right, you don’t have to look like him but you can believe and lead like him.
Another inspiration—I also love this young woman’s dream. She puts our current leaders to shame. I can’t wait for when she runs for office.
Both of these young adults give me hope for our future. And for that I am grateful.
Happy Monday. Make it a great week!
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