April 08, 2020

Walter St. John (BDN commentary, Jan. 19) has missed the point of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day is not designed for “one race,” as he stated. This is a day that should be a reminder to us all, as the human race, to reflect on what Dr. King stood for and what he wanted to achieve for all of us. To me this day means:

that people need to remember we are stronger and can accomplish more when we work together than we ever can as individuals;

if we have goals and aspirations we can achieve them peacefully, without violence, without hate, without prejudice;

and, that love is the key. When we learn to love one another, to truly respect and care for each other — with our differences and likenesses celebrated, not feared — with questions welcomed instead of trying to force conformity on those whose are “different” — with hatred replaced by love — our world will finally be able to live in peace.

This day is not a “discriminatory practice” or “racially divisive.” It should be celebrated as a way to bring people together, to learn from each other and to respect all of this world’s people. Deborah Clukey Sangerville

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