The Declaration of Independence is one of the most famous documents in the history of the United States of America and it set an example for freedom loving societies worldwide. One of the most important and often quoted pronouncements in that document is the first sentence of the second paragraph. It states: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…”

Martin Luther King Jr. was the most prominent leader of the American movement for civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience during the 1950s and 60s. He deserves much credit for moving America (kicking and screaming in some cases) towards a society where all men being created equal were also treated equal.

In the U.S., the third Monday in January is celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day), a national holiday.ย  Today and everyday, let’s honor Dr. King’s memory by striving to uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence that he would not let his country overlook.

Alaska Airlines photo by Ingrid Barrentine