This year, celebrating the true meaning Martin Luther King Jr. day is more important than ever. You might know a few basic facts about King — who hasn't heard audio of his "I Have a Dream Speech" — and the holiday that we've been observing since 1983 in his honor — like the fact that it's always held on the third Monday in January, but as any good history class (or nonfiction book) tells us, there's more to a single hero or day than you might think.
According to Coretta Scott King, King's widow:
We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles.
You can thank Coretta Scott King for a lot — certainly for keeping her husband's legacy alive. In a completely inspiring, brave, and undaunted move, she founded The King Center in 1969, one year after her husband's murder, in the basement of the family home in Vine City, Georgia.
What you only maybe have taken part in are the national "teach-ins" associated with the holiday, but there's no need to not remedy that on your own. In fact, today is a perfect time to educate yourself, by listening to King's words, by attending a gathering or celebration in his honor, or by reading poetry. Coretta Scott King described the holiday as an opportunity to "[make] your personal commitment to serve humanity. These 7 poems, perfect for honoring the mission of Martin Luther King Jr., will help you do just that.