The word freedom has been used synonymously with America for over 200 years.  America and freedom.  Freedom and America. Lady Liberty.  Peace and Justice for all.

But are the two really equal and do the two really equate to each other.  Sure, it’s all well and good to get up on TV, wave the flag around and talk about the right of Americans to their freedoms.  It’s a totally different thing to link arms and stare down a police riot squad armed with tasers and sidearm in full gear and riot shields.

If there was one man in the history of the United States of America who understood the strategies and tactics of peaceful protest and civil disobedience to enact government and policy change it was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King himself said:
“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is, in reality, expressing the highest respect for the law”

And so, take a moment of silence to honor the memory of this great man. Think about all the challenges he endured to earn his freedoms.  Any man can talk the freedom talk, but only a great man can walk the walk, and in that sense, Martin Luther King was truly a great man.

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