What we think is important to remember about Martin Luther King Jr., and why his legacy will remain relevant beyond his incredible service to America, is that he chose to make a choice.
Too often we don't make choices and we let what could be good or better slip by.
Other times we make bad choices that hurt the people we care about.
It is not possible to always avoid making choices or choosing the bad ones, but it is possible to try and make good ones.
That is why Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday is important; it gives us pause to remember a man who did his best to make good choices. And if we can think of one person who attempted that, then maybe we can think of others who did the same and find the courage to follow suit.
In speaking of himself and how he wanted to be remembered, Martin Luther King Jr. said, "...If you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."
He had successes and failures like all of us, but he chose to pursue justice and peace with his life. Let's choose something good, too.