“It is incumbent on all of us to renew our commitment to unite against the racism that shows its horrible face again in our world.”
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America made this point in a post on social media, on the occasion of the celebration of Martin Luther King Day on January 15, which is a federal holiday for the United States of America and, above all, an official day of offering to the communities in the constant struggle for equality before the law and equality of all people, regardless of discrimination.
As the Archbishop of America noted, “Dr. Martin Luther King, a leading figure in the struggle for human freedoms and civil and social rights, would have been 94 years old this year if he had lived.”
“The struggle for racial justice and equality continues until that beautiful day when we all realize that ‘we are all one in Christ.’”
In 1968, while planning another march to Washington, D.C., the Poor Man’s March, he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.
King received numerous posthumous honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986, January 15 (the day of his birth) was declared an official holiday in the United States.