As I sit here on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am reflecting on what MLK has done for me. As a white male living in a suburban context I may never know to the fullest extent what MLK accomplished with his journey to end discrimination and segregation (no I don’t think we are fully there yet but my hope is one day it [racism and discrimination] will end). What I do know is MLK and his courage to stand up against the “acceptable societal norm” has made my life so much richer. That I grew up in a time where I was allowed to go to school with people who were of different races and culture than I. Where my life has been enriched by my friends no matter what their color was because I wasn’t separated from them I was taught to embrace “different”. I am so glad and blessed that I have friends who are from different races and cultures than me that have made me a better person. I LOVE what MLK had to say about refusing to accept racism as an acceptable end. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” My hope is that we can all learn to love unconditionally so that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word”. Thanks Martin Luther King for helping me grow up in a better world.