Samuel Battle

(New York Times)
Honestly, I today have struggled with this question: how to commemorate MLK, Jr. Day?

It’s been a day of driving back from our ski vacation, unloading luggage, going to the gym, doing laundry, and preparing dinner. All today, I kept thinking whether I was doing “the right thing” to remember a very brave and revolutionary person.

But, then, I read a New York Times article on other brave African-Americans and read this quote:

I would rather have honesty and character than prestige and wealth.

I love that quote. It comes from Samuel Battle, New York’s first African-American police sergeant. His obituary, with more details on his life, is here.

So, I decided to write this post to commemorate better all for which MLK, Jr. stood. Heroes are everywhere. We just have to look.

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