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Originally published: 2014-01-20 12:57:51
Last modified: 2014-01-20 12:58:37

Our View: Call to service

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spent a lifetime -- a lifetime cut short, at age 39, by an assassin's bullet in 1968 -- pricking the social conscience of America. 

Indeed, King's message of equal justice and tolerance, peace and love touched and embraced our consciences irrespective of race; and, in a national climate that aggressively resisted his message, he stolidly stood on his belief that the there was only one way to combat those evils of racism, and that was through nonviolence.

Even when he and myriad others were repaid for their stance with firehoses, jail and murder, King never wavered from what he believed was his national call to service.

Legislation created the first King holiday in 1983. Eleven years later, Congress added the designation as a national day of service. Much has been accomplished in the years since King walked among us, but much remains to be done. 

On Monday, we will again honor King's legacy of the promotion of equality. We can think of no more fitting tribute than an examination of our social conscience  and the personal call to service on that day.