Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed away 50 years ago today at the age of 39.

A young soul with the wisdom of eternity. His success was not measured by monetary or positional power, but in the number of people he was able to impact, the dreams he fought to make reality, and the people he surrounded himself with who worked just as diligently to bring about social equality.

In King, we find not merely one of the great martyrs of the 20th century, but one of the few voices on the international stage who tried to proclaim, without passivity or naiveté, that love among people of all beliefs and all backgrounds—through empathy, perseverance, and grace—could be stronger than death. Dr. King’s greatest legacy may be the lesson that what we do for others can break the boundaries of time.

Dr. King’s dream did not die with him. His passing allowed us all to own part of the journey to the promised land. But the work is not yet complete. We are the engines of Earth. We create ripples that spread across our shared experiences. If one man could change the world beyond his short mortal existence, imagine the potential we hold within us all.

“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.”

Truth that transcends time. A persistent dream that shall flourish in all our waking days. Let’s build together. Grow together. And dream together. For our lives end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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