“There is but One Race, and that is The Human Race”

This message was articulated very clearly by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a visionary who saw things from a different perspective. On January 20 at the MLK parade in Punta Gorda and around the country, we pay homage to a man who famously dreamed so many of the freedoms we as a nation enjoy today. 

It has been decades since the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered. Yet few of us can say we have completely lived up to Dr. King’s dream where each person would be judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.

Today tensions continue, and often we hear of yet another violent incident in our country where race or religion is presented as a precipitating factor. We have not yet fully embraced the fact that the key to America’s strength is her shared differences. Her shared differences are what we must celebrate. Dr. King believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every human being. In his pursuit of equal rights by nonviolent means, Dr. King encouraged diverse cultures to live together in a spirit of love, understanding, and service to one another.

The MLK parade offers the community an opportunity to pay tribute to the life of Dr. King. Invite someone from another race, religion or cultural background to walk with you.

“As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

 ≈ Martin Luther King, Jr.