Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Santa Clarita City Hall, as pictured on February, 26, 2020, is located on the 23900 block of Valencia Blvd. Dan Watson/The Signal

By Bill Miranda

Santa Clarita Mayor

Arguably one of the most influential individuals in our country’s history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has left a legacy that has continued to inspire and bring together individuals of all races, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses and beyond.

Every year, I look forward to reflecting on Dr. King’s wisdom and honoring the outstanding work he completed during his short time with us.

I hope that each of you will spend some time as well remembering the great efforts for unity and equality pursued by Dr. King tomorrow, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Most are familiar with Dr. King from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in 1963 during the March on Washington. However, this is just one of the countless society-changing contributions he made during his lifetime, that continue to positively impact generation after generation. Dr. King was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. He was an advocate for non-violence, a pastor, a husband, a father and a friend. His profound approach to civil rights activism, along with his captivating words and commanding voice, captured the attention of the United States and progressed our country to greater racial equality.

Reflecting on 2020, I think we could all benefit from heading into 2021 following guiding principles similar to those of Dr. King, such as positivity, peace and equality. We are all equal regardless of color, creed, gender and more.

As our country, and the world, continue to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic, let’s try to keep these principles in mind and treat each other with kindness and respect.

Another way we can honor Dr. King is by pursuing volunteer and or donation opportunities within our community, wherever you feel moved to do so. 

I, joined by City Council, our Human Relations Roundtable and other community members, will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and wisdom in a virtual event tomorrow at 10 a.m. on the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook Live and SCVTV. During this event, you’ll learn more about the life of Dr. King, recount some of his most inspirational words and hear what he means to members of the Santa Clarita community.

Additionally, viewers will get to know our Human Relations Roundtable members and have the opportunity to take on a list of Acts of Kindness and Service within our community.

I hope that you will take time out of your morning to join us in honoring Dr. King and continuing his missions for kindness, peace and equality within our own community.

Mayor Bill Miranda is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected]. The views expressed in his column are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal. 

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