On April 4, 1968, a man was shot and killed not because he had a dream, but because his dream threatened to change the lives of those in power. Even though the man believed in non-violence, he was violently assassinated in the hopes that the status quo could be maintained.

His name is Martin Luther King Jr.

While most people know him by his “I Have a Dream” speech, here I have an excerpt from his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech:

“Like anybody, I would like to live. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

To this day, the journey to the promised land continues for many.

Today, let us honor a man (and all those inspired by him) who gave his life for the good fight.

The fight for justice. For good. For life. For love.

May we continue that fight today, and every day.

I love you all.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day