As a white male born and raised in Southwest Wisconsin after his death, I shared little in common culturally with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. But, the beauty of and why I, and most Americans honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes from the legacy he left for all of us, as Americans and children of God.

Because of his faith and leadership he put into action before I was born, I grew up with ideals and truths, such as, all of us should be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. On this day, January 20, 2020, racism still exists because utopia is not possible on Earth at this time. However, America has never been the same and is immensely less racist and hate filled today because one ordinary man had a dream, guided by and made possible by God.

In closing, as a middle aged white man living in Dallas, Texas, I honor and pray for the Reverend Marting Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of faith, love, peace, and equality – for all – to not only be preserved, but to prosper.