“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Last year, I had the privilege of being a part of the “Martin Luther King Jr: Enough is Enough” documentary. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day behind us and Black History Month ahead of us, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the importance and significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Not only was he an extraordinary leader with vision and ambition, but he fought tirelessly against injustice and took steps to establish a true ideal of freedom in the U.S. and around the world. The movement he created has powerfully impacted generations of people and changed the world.
I was beyond honored to narrate Enough is Enough. Voicing the message in this 45-minute docu-film gave me a chance to help remind people of our human history–the losses, and the triumphs. The documentary provides a clear vision of the origin of the civil rights movement and helps viewers understand the necessity for today’s racial justice movements, including #BlackLivesMatter.
Enough is Enough seamlessly combines images of the past with those of the present. Through the documentary, we are reminded that these historical events are still relevant in movements today. The legacy and impact of the civil rights era lives on and serves as an inspiration for change-makers.
When we stop to consider the length of time that has passed between the civil rights era and today, we realize that these changes took place less than 70-years ago. While progress has been made, as a global people, we have much further to go. Moving forward in justice, we aspire to evolve and be a collective human race– without racism, poverty, segregation, and with freedom from violence and hate.
The legacy of the civil rights leaders lives on in all of us, and because of that it was incredibly humbling to hear my own voice threaded among the voices of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who wisely recognized, “this nation will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.”
There is no better time than now to be aware of the history of our nation and its people and to be involved in creating a better world for us all. As we move forward into Black History Month and continue to fight for racial justice and equality, let us remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s words– We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.
You can find the fantastic documentary, “Martin Luther King Jr: Enough is Enough” on Amazon Prime Video now.