As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate not just a man but an entire movement. Dr. King spent his life’s work as a voice for the voiceless, standing up for the value and dignity of the individual.

Dr. King understood – almost better than anyone – the importance of standing up for what is right in the face of the establishment, taking on the status quo.

In the eloquent words of the Baptist Minister:

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

His legacy has had a dramatic impact on my life and the work we do at the ACLJ in defense of the defenseless here at home and protecting human rights around the world.

Dr. King’s commitment to the voiceless and effective strategy of evoking change can been seen today in the prolife movement, which has modeled its work after that of Dr. King.

There is no greater civil right than the right to life. Yet, the unborn do not enjoy this most basic and fundamental of human rights, and those who advocate for them are often marginalized and in some cases prosecuted.

Over the past two decades, I have participated in and argued multiple cases at the Supreme Court defending the voiceless and those who would give them a voice. I owe much of my inspiration to Dr. King.

Take a moment today to read this article I wrote with Jordan about Dr. King’s impact on our lives. Dr. King’s legacy lives on in each one of us when we take a stand for what is right when few others are willing.

Jay Sekulow


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