1.an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
synonyms: bequest, inheritance, heritage, endowment, gift, patrimony, settlement, birthright;formalbenefaction“a legacy from a great aunt”
a thing handed down by a predecessor.“the legacy of centuries of neglect”
synonyms: consequence, effect, upshot, spin-off, repercussion, aftermath, by-product, result“a legacy of the wars”
(Thank you Google for the above.)
Something to think about this MLKJr Day, am I right? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr certainly left a legacy. He handed down to us words, dreams, thoughts, calls to action.
He would have been 89 years young this year. What would he think about this country today? Would he take a knee, bow his head and speak his big words of “love…together…peace?” Would he link arms with John Lewis, Michelle and Barack and the rest of us hurting at this time of strife in our country? What would he tell us if we could stand and listen to his fiery oration? Would he still have a dream?
Would he think we had squandered all of what has come before us–the suffering and the sacrifices that he and his brethren made for the rights of all? Would he be angry that we hadn’t done more, that we had wasted time, that we are all still not sitting at the same table?
Or would he clasp hands with each and every one of us, wrap us in a hug, and tell us that “Love is the key to the problems of the world?” Would he tell us to stay strong, to believe in the movement, to not give up, to keep marching?
I heard this on the night that Barack Obama was elected President in 2008:
“Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk.
Martin Luther King, Jr walked so that Barack Obama could run.
Barack Obama ran so that our children could fly.”
The above was reworded by Jay-Z from the original wording uttered by Cleo Fields, former Congressman and State Senator from Louisiana:
“W.E.B. Dubois taught so that Rosa Parks could take a seat. Rosa took a seat so we all could take a stand. We all took a stand so that Martin Luther King Jr. could march. Martin marched so Jesse Jackson could run. Jesse ran so Obama could WIN.”
Either way the words are a testament to the giants who have come before us. We must carry on their legacy. We must remember Martin’s big words: love, peace, together, dreams.
We must stand and march and run and dream and fly. This country is depending on us.
Again, I quote Joseph Kennedy:
“To those who have been given much, much is expected in return.”
It is time for us to give.