MLKToday, we honor the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential leaders of the civil rights era in the 1950s and 1960s, whose work for equality paved the way for generations his timeless words continue to motivate young and old Americans alike, as well as people all over the world.

Dr. King was many things: a father, a minister, a passionate family man. Most of all, he was a leader. He knew taking on the battle for civil rights would not be easy, but he persevered, recognizing the “good trouble” on which he was about to embark was necessary and just. He believed that one day, leading a nonviolent mission for monumental change would be the catalyst for legislating equality in our great nation.

Dr. King did not live to see how important his contributions to our nation would become. His leadership – and foresight – led to not only the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but to expansive civil rights amendments over the years, covering housing and disabilities.

While we still have a way to go to fully achieving Dr. King’s dream, we continue to be inspired by his unwavering leadership, telling us that “the time is always right to do what is right.”