"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let that sink in for a second.
I think it's important to remember in this day and age, where every time we turn on the news, someone is killing someone else. It's to the point where we are apathetic, even resistant, to turning on the news because it's been consumed by people hating other people, and increasingly graphic violence cut into little five-minute segments.
Take the attack on the political magazine in France, Charlie Hebdo where journalists and cartoonists were killed for practicing their freedom of speech. While some may not agree with what they were publishing, the fact remains that violence was an overly aggressive countermeasure to exercising basic human rights. No one should die for expressing an opinion.
That's what Dr. King stood for. Nonviolence in the face of adversity. This weekend is in remembrance of that specific ideal, and of civil rights everywhere. This weekend is not only a memorial to an incredibly influential and respected man, but a celebration of where we've come from, and where we're going!
There's a run in Atlanta on Saturday that is named after the great man himself in Atlanta, but if you're in the mood for biking there's an event benefiting the Atlanta Food Bank. Ready to laugh? Check out Crack Them up and Laugh, our head to Centennial Olympic Park for a myriad of events that end this weekend.