I like to remember, among other things, where Martin Luther King, Jr., got his name. The first Martin Luther was another man of action, whose stance over 500 years ago changed the world. His famous ninety-five theses shook the foundations of religion, and with them social and cultural institutions, and launched a revolt and a reformation. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream was posted not to a church door but through newspapers and microphones. His ringing tones helped persuade many that justice required deep change. That dream still reminds us that much remains to be done, for we have abiding needs and inequities. We must confront our prejudices, break cycles of violence, insist on respect for differences among people; in short celebrate diversity. I believe that, in order to be active participants in his legacy, we must do all this not only with perseverance in the face of difficulties and setbacks, but also with love and understanding.
Joan Hinde Stewart