Throughout history it has always been the "ordinary" person who achieved extraordinary things. From inventors, philosophers, great warriors and even world leaders, every story begins at that invididual's humble beginnings, yet ends with their inevitable rise to greatness and discovery. What I have learned in my handful of years is that the term "ordinary" is subjective, and when you really think about it, no one in this great big world of ours is ordinary. When a person enters this world they are inherently special because their very existence--being born--is the result of a miracle.
Back in January of 1929, a boy entered this realm who was designed and purposed to change the thought process of an entire population. His thirst for education, hunger to see every man, woman, boy and girl treated with respect, and his relentless pursuit of equal rights and justice for ALL were the extraordinary earmarks of an "ordinary" black man from Atlanta named Martin.
On January 19 the world will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--an invidual that sacrificed everything from his family, time, sanity and ultimately his life--so that people could be free; despite skin color, religious beliefs, gender, or any other orientation conjured up by The System. And although the word freedom tends to mean different things to different people, Dr. King's life covered every aspect of the term.
Thank you, Dr. King, for leading the charge and fighting for EVERY human being's right to be exactly who they are...that is FREEDOM!
Prince George's Community College encourages everyone to support our volunteer efforts by participating in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service project. We will be joining the Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR) to help assist various organizations in the County with needed projects. Dr. Charlene Dukes would like to thank the members of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Committee (Beth Adkins, Deborrah Banks, Diane Butler, Marlene Cohen, Korey Dean, Robin Fogle, Melinda Frederick, Betty Habershon, Barbara King, Paulett McIntosh, Andristine Robinson, Victoria Saunders, Jenelle Simpson, Pamela Thomas, and student Neha Sethi) for setting up opportunities throughout the year for PGCC to serve the community.
Although January 19 is a day off, let’s make this a day on – for service.