Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.
Let us be dissatisfied until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.
- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Where Do We Go From Here?, 1967)
Honoring The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shouldn't be just about service projects - though service to others is an essential part of moral character.
To truly honor Dr. King we should seek to continue his ministry of justice and transformation.
One way we can do that is to continue the struggle to end poverty. The National Council of Churches is calling on President Obama to re-affirm his commitment to outline plans for reducing poverty by 50% over the next ten years, a promise made during the 2008 campaign. You can join churches in calling on our president to keep this important promise by clicking here. There could be no greater tribute to Dr. King than continuing his last crusade - the fight against poverty.
Photo credit: Life, Paul Schutzer. Portrait of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at 'prayer pilgramage for freedom' at Lincoln Memorial, 1957.