As all of you know, today is Martin Luther King Day. Instead of being on the date of his birth, the date changes. But then that was what Reverend King was all about -- changes, and moving the hearts and minds of others.
People naturally talk about Reverend King's fight against racism, but he was about so much more. His battle was for economic justice . . . for equality of education . . . for meaningful jobs and employment . . . and for a state of mind and heart that lifted up instead of bringing down.
As the ghost exclaimed in Dickens' A Christmas Carol "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business."
This was also the business of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was not just a force for equality. He was a catalyst for change. And so must we all be.
For this is also our business. Many in the nonprofit community see the imperative for change every day. We see it in the eyes of children without a home, seniors without food, parents without a job, and more.
But to be a catalyst for change, we must do what Reverend King did. We must take our stories to the wider community. We must be active advocates for change, not only to politicians and government officials, but to everyone in our communities.
Yes, we must walk the walk. But we need to recognize that talking the talk is also important. It is the way that we create the energy needed to advance change -- by making more people aware of the problems we see every day -- and by following Reverend King's example of moving the hearts and minds of others.