From MS Director Lincoln Gray

Hello Students - 

I hope you are enjoying the extra day in your weekend and taking some time to be with your families. As I reflect on this day and the life and influence of Martin Luther King Jr, I am amazed by the power of his messages. I feel that they are so motivating because of how they focus on the simple ideals of humanity like kindness, justice, grace, service, and equality. He was also a master of inspiring people to do incredible things based around practical ideas that are possible for all of us to do in our daily lives.

One of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. is when he challenged an audience with the following:

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

Imagine what would be possible if more people lived their lives with this idea as their central focus! I want to live in a world where people are thinking on a daily basis, with persistence and urgency, about ways that they can help other people. In the case of Martin Luther King Jr. making this thought process the priority in his life, he literally changed our entire world.

The real beauty of this perspective today is that everyone can live this way. This does not require any special skills, any amount of money, or any level of education. The only thing it requires is caring. I want to live my life with this perspective and I challenge you to do the same. As we work our way through some challenging times, this is more important than ever. 

On this day, follow the calling of one of our nation’s greatest leaders and ask yourself: What are you doing for others today?  

-Mr. Gray