Drum roll please… and the date is… October 17th.

Really? Along with the day for donuts, cancer, and intellectual property, glad to know that there is an international day for poverty. It doesn’t dilute the importance of eradicating poverty by giving it a day with the hundred or so other days of the year?

It’s similar to what has been accomplished with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In his honor he was given a day, statues, and streets like the march was over and the mission was accomplished. All the blood, sweat, and tears summed up in idols to be remembered in vain.

While billions continue to struggle with the very same systemic problems that Dr. King was murdered for, the naming of a museum in his honor or the month of February is consolation for the effort. Would times be different if some of our leaders were not assassinated? Did they have what it takes to not make a change but to establish the correct way? We all make changes, everyday, in our own lives and in the lives of those who we come in contact. But when will someone establish the lasting way? A way that leads to a utopia and not to more broken promises and unrealized dreams.

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