MLK Day Across the Country

MLK Memorial in Washington DC (source:

Meredith Oldham, Features Editor

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we all celebrate MLK Day with a day off from work and school, across the country different people in different places are celebrating one of our nation’s heroes in different ways.

As President Obama clearly displayed by working in a soup kitchen today, MLK day is also a day of service. Students and adults alike partake in “MLK Days of Service.” An MLK Day of Service was even held at our own school by physics teacher, Ms. Jo. Students gathered to work on the trailer from last year’s Engineering DAP project.

Additionally, nationwide, Dr. King is honored by our national parks as all admission to national parks is free on Martin Luther King day, as are many museums and zoos, like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo.

In our own city of Austin, and in various other cities, marches were held commemorating Dr. King and his service to our country. Also inn Austin, scholarships were awarded to students like-minded to MLK. Similarly, in DC, many gathered at the National Mall to visit the national MLK memorial.

However, the snowstorm that hit the Northeast earlier this month, has caused many school districts in the Northeast to hold classes, despite the national holiday. This has caused some uproar, as many believe that we should commemorate Dr. King’s service to our country, while others believe that Dr. King believed in “education first.”

No matter the uproar, MLK Day was widely celebrated across the country, as Dr. King’s legacy lives on and his messages of equality, love, tolerance, and non-violence are continually spread.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.