"If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "A Christmas Sermon on Peace" 1967
We have arrived at another year of celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year appears to find many of us more perplexed than the previous one in regard to national and global unrest. As we attempt to address the senseless killings of African Americans by those who should be protecting them, watch young girls in Africa disappear from their schools, activists for gay rights die in the streets all over the world, and veterans return from various military assignments with multiple challenges here at home, we can become overwhelmed. This year's theme, Develop a World Perspective, encourages us all to stay the course in being actively involved in helping find solutions to the problems that continue to maintain their tenacious grip on society. While the work in our home communities, states and regions are priorities for many of us, understanding the problems plaguing our neighbors across the oceans should concern us as well. It is only when our neighbors near and far can rest in peaceful-recline that we should feel that our work is done. Since that is probably not going to happen soon, let us commit ourselves to working for all living beings, continuously developing a global perspective.
Evelynn M. Ellis & Sara Campbell, Co-chairs
2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee
Last Updated: 8/31/15