This week, we are celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This federal holiday celebrates the nonviolent activist who was the main spokesperson during the civil rights movement. Not only does this day make us reflect on our country’s history, but it also reminds us of the power of words. Violence doesn’t solve problems, but words can inspire change.

This year, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. by using your own voice to spark change. What are you passionate about? What changes do you want to see in your country, community, or family? What is your vision for the future? Rather than just sit back and resent the problems around you, make a difference by using your voice. Write a letter, poem, short story or book about the problem, and share it with others by self publishing. You could even ask other people to contribute their words to your project.

We are not helpless individuals who must sit back and tolerate the problems around us. If you want change, help make it happen.

I’d love to know, what will you write in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year?

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