Keeping the Dream Alive
By TourismOhio

Keeping the Dream Alive

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. 

In my lifetime I have learned a few things and while I don’t consider myself an expert on anything, I know that it is through compassion for others that we grow, learn and flourish. No one understood this more than Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a man who died defending the rights of African-Americans and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of all people through tolerance and compassion.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

Monday, January 16, we celebrate the life and efforts of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. While some may celebrate in acts of community service, a practice that Dr. King advocated, others may seek out ways to commemorate him through concerts, worship and other events across Ohio.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

I will be in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. It is free to the public and there will even be live performances by R&B artist, Ledisi, the Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir and spoken word performers.

In Columbus, families can attend the MLK Open House at the King Arts Complex and enjoy live theatrical performances, music or participate in the Martin Luther King Jr., March and Program at City Hall.

There will be a MLK Unity Celebration in Toledo at Savage Arena which kicks off with a canned food drive. In Athens, the 12th Annual MLK Silent March and Brunch pays tribute to Dr. King in a silent march, much like those during the times of the civil rights movement.

At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, the 2012 MLK Legacy Awards Breakfast honors Dr. King’s life and legacy through commentary and performing arts and also acknowledges those who have exemplified King’s efforts through their acts of service.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Many of us are familiar with Dr. King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, but I wanted to include some lesser known quotes by Dr. King. However you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a minute to stop and reflect on the dream that he had and ask, “What am I doing to make that dream a reality?”

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