Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Statement by Rob Rolison, Chairman, Dutchess
County Legislature and Candidate for New York State Senate
Poughkeepsie, NY – As we reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us honor his lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and discrimination by finding ways for us to humbly live our own lives with more tolerance and acceptance.
“If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.
And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”
The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968 Atlanta Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.