By Eric Rigard
 
Dr. King died when I was a young child, but his impact has been lasting.
 
In my home, my Creole mother from New Orleans, Louisiana and my black step-father from Texarkana, Texas always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be.
 
This may not be a big thing for some white families, but for me it took the lid off of my future. I then witnessed my father, also from New Orleans, rise to the executive level of one of the large liquor companies and I knew the world was open to me.
 
Dr. King, with his non-violent protest, lifted the sights of not only black people but people everywhere. The impossible was now possible.
Fighting injustice and pushing for change against bigotry has brought this country a long way and reveals to us today that we never should give up the fight.
 
“Faith means taking the first step even though you can’t see the future”.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.