Dr. King’s Legacy of Dignity

Dr. King did not go to Birmingham, or any other place he went, because black people were being wronged, but because “injustice was there.” We should remember Dr. King’s legacy not as a struggle for black people or even poor people, but as a struggle for the idea that a person’s dignity comes not from skin color, gender, sexuality, net worth or occupation or any other thing that causes prejudice in our hearts; rather, a person’s dignity comes from the mere fact that he or she participates in humanity. By focusing on all the other secondary identities of a person, we alienate ourselves from one another and in the process prevent each other from fully actualizing ourselves.