39 years. This year, I'll reach that age. It was the mountaintop for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was gunned down at the age of 39.
It brings it all home. When we think about Dr. King, do we think about how remarkable his 39 years on this Earth were? The effect that such a young man had on society. He brought about change that continues today and will never be finished.
Dr. King was a man of peace who was taken from us in an act of violence. His dream continues today to be realized for Americans and people of the world as we continue to put aside our differences and concentrate on the humanity that binds us. Yes, we have a long way to go, and sometimes it seems like we have too far to try.
Dr. King prophetically knew that we he wouldn't get there with us. His spirit and his dream live on today in our youngsters. Poll after poll shows that they don't have the same biases of previous generations. Once we begin to see each other as human beings, things like melanin in our skin, sexual orientation, body image, religion, gender, body image, and anything else that keeps us apart won't matter.
That's the world I hope for. Happy belated birthday, Dr. King. You were a force for good and for peace in this world, and you were taken far too soon.