Today is a day to commemorate, give back

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Today, as we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we encourage everyone to take time to do something that will truly honor his legacy.

This federal holiday is considered “a day on, not a day off.” Americans throughout the nation are called upon to work together to help others and to better their communities. There are plenty of ways to get involved.

This morning, the 26th annual Unity Breakfast is being held at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College. Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an economist who is a former president of Bennett College in Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker for the event. The breakfast starts at 7 a.m., and the program starts at 8 a.m. Admission is free.

Afterward, volunteers will disperse throughout the community to perform community service projects. What better way to honor the work and sacrifices of King than through service?

In August, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. King offered a vision of love and equality that was long overdue at the time yet was resisted by many. It’s a vision we’re still working to fully realize. Our nation has come a long way since that time, but there still is much work to be done toward truly achieving equality for all.

We must never lose sight of King’s dream. So today and always, let us work together to foster teamwork and harmony, to strengthen our community, to bridge barriers and to promote tolerance and compassion.