Celebrating Martin Luther King day not only shows our appreciation for the good works Dr. King achieved, it also helps build stronger bonds along racial lines in the community. It never hurts to take the time to stop and think about what mankind can truly achieve together. The country still has a long way to go as far as ensuring racial equality for all and it doesn't waste anyone's time to look to past leaders as inspiration.
While of course no one should be forced to do so, participating in a community services event is a great way to honor Dr. King. He was the epitome of community spirit, and whether you believe in the afterlife or not, it's good to think how he would smile down upon those who continue his legacy.
I think that MLK Day is the perfect day for citizens of the United States to reach out a hand and help one another. The man that we are celebrating would have loved to see us working together at least for one day to create a better world. We are living in a world that sees the individual as more important than the group and that's not what he wanted. He wanted the world to be a place where everyone could feel safe and secure. We need to begin being those types of humans and MLK Day would be a great place to start.
People should be free to decide how they celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Insisting that people celebrate one of the nation's great heroes in a particular fashion is unnecessary,and could contribute to a feeling of resentment towards him. In addition, it goes against one King's basic philosophies about personal freedom and the right to chhoose.