Today is Martin Luther King Day.
It is a day to reflect on how far our society has come and also how very far we still have to go. King was killed 42 years ago. It was one of a series of tragic events that rocked a generation and precipitated a societal revolution in the United States. The danger is that, with the passage of time it is all too easy to become complacent. I can tell you just by reading the paper that inequality still exists. Hatred still reigns. How close are we to realizing Dr. King's dream? As a society? As individuals? What can we do to make things better? These are questions that we must continue to ask ourselves daily, not just on the day we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This evening at 6:00 the Knoxville Symphony will be joined by The Holiday Celebration Choir, members of the Austin East High School Orchestra, a Boy Scout choir, and soloist Michael Rogers in a celebration of Dr. King. This concert will take place at the Civic Auditorium and is free to the public.