Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Our theme for reflections in January is “resolutions” as we undertake the seemingly timeless tradition of “New Year/New Beginnings.” Since the word “resolution” is so common to our vocabulary this time of year, I thought I’d take a deeper look into its definition. I pulled up my trusty Microsoft Thesaurus and in reading over the list of synonyms I realized that the Reverend Martin Luther King embodied many of attributes of what to “resolve” or to make a “resolution” is: determination, steadfastness, tenacity, perseverance, resolve, promise, pledge or oath. These are all very appropriate descriptions of a man who changed the face of a nation by becoming the leader that was so desperately needed for a struggling sector of our population. “Resolution” can also be a “solution” or an “answer” and in many ways, he was just that in the tumultuous era of the ‘60’s fight for Civil Rights.

by JAM