LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2012 ― President Jimmy Carter did not do it. President Lyndon Johnson did not do it. President Clinton might have done it, but he didn’t get the chance. It took Republican President Ronald Reagan to bring the dream of African-Americans alive, proclaiming the third Monday of every January as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
Social media is supporting users in their remembrances. Their prayers and dreams continue to keep Dr. King alive as the greatest Civil Rights leader of all time, the architect of the greatest peaceful change in American history.
Dr. King, one of the the most iconic American civil rights leaders, remains an icon of that movement in the 21st century. On this, what would have been his 84th birthday, Twitter is alive with #MartinLutherKing tweets that remember the man, his words and his image. Facebook users similarly post homages to the spiritual leader and giant of the Civil Rights movement.
Facebook is equally lively as users post their thoughts about Dr. Martin Luther King.
“MLK - one of the most important, American, historical figures. He represented the type of courage that few individuals are capable of a man of God, a man of peace, a voice of strength, love and truth. A real American hero. His Letter from a Birmingham jail is uplifting, powerful and truly a precious historical document. MLK was a man whose brief time on this earth left behind an indelible mark. May his legacy be always celebrated and never forgotten.” ~ Bridget Geegan Blanton states on Facebook
“Civil rights leaders showed the way, they set the standard. How many today know that during the bus boycott people filled churches every evening to worship together and strengthen each other and seek divine guidance? They prayed and worshiped together and gained strength, and courage, and unity and victory”. ~ Rogue Rose stated on facebook
“If you as an individual believe that MLK made a difference in our world, then celebrate that accomplishment. But to point fingers and label color groups and political groups in my opinion defeats the purpose of what he stood for. Fools and racists come in EVERY color group, income status, political party and ethnic group. And me personally I am sick and tired of all the name calling and finger pointing by all involved”. ~ Andrea Neal Halloran states on Facebook
“He showed that peaceful protest can make a difference. He showed that integrity, character, faith and determination will prevail over the worst circumstances. He is a great role model, not only to Blacks, but to all people. He did make a difference”! ~ Marianne Smyth Dorfman states on Facebook:
”Remembering a Great Man: “Approaching Martin Luther King Day, I remember firsthand the Brilliance of Dr. King and Malcolm X in a necessary (although uncomfortable for many) open discussion and debate to bring fairness into the American society. It is truly unfortunate both their lives were cut short. They “brought many of us thus far,” and I can remember and tell you of the differences for women before and after Martin Luther King”. ~ Diane Lenning states on Facebook:
To think what Dr. King could have done with social media. He would have been able to spread his word louder and farther than he could from any mountaintop.
He would have helped us to remember our place in the family of man.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.