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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Kent Bingham)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Kent Bingham)

More than fifty years ago, our nation lost the man who was to become recognized as the most influential crusader for advancing civil rights and racial equality in this country’s existence.

This month, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth month, we set aside time to remember him and consider the challenge he put forth that still applies to all of us – the challenge to treat each other as equals without regard to our differences.

In Dr. King’s most famous “I have a Dream Speech” he gave us all many powerful quotes that still have an enduring truth. In that speech he said, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

His words ring true even in our Air Force core values. I believe the most meaningful thing we can do this year to honor the memory of Dr. King is for all Airmen to be fully committed to the honor and respect of each other.