By Tia Lynn Ivey
More than 50 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. is still inspiring millions to make his infamous dream of justice, peace, and racial equality a reality.
Local leaders gathered on Monday to remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Breakfast at Source of Life Ministries in Madison.
This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Mackey, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, urged the crowd to carry on King’s legacy today.
“On this day let it be known that we are here in Madison, Georgia celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who believed in service, love and human possibility,” said Mackey. “This is his legacy, but the question is what have we done ourselves?”
Mackey stressed the importance of service—service to God, service to your community and to the world. He quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy on true greatness.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” said Mackey, quoting King. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Mackey asked the crowd to think about how they best can serve in life.
“If you think about it, some type of service brought us all together today,” said Mackey.
Mackey reminded the crowd that King’s service was not easy, but he kept pressing on.
Mackey noted that King was threatened, his home was bombed, and he was ultimately murdered for his service in the pursuit of racial harmony, equality, and justice. He asked the crowd to imagine where the world would be if King gave up and didn’t lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
“Look around, it’s not about where we would be, it’s about where we are now,” said Mackey.
Mackey told the crowd to follow in King’s footsteps by continuing the work of King’s legacy. Mackey believes the King’s movement is alive today and is strongest when people put aside their difference to come together.
“It means the mobilization of differences to make a greater impact,” said Mackey after the breakfast.
“It means coming together for service for a common cause for the greater good. That’s what we need to be doing. Everybody has something in common. Everybody serves in some type of way and everybody wants to be treated with love, service and have a touch of human positivity. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. embodied.”