Brooklyn, NY – Public service can mean different things to different people. For some it is a calling, for others it is something that gives you purpose. For me, it is not being selected to serve but doing the work necessary for cause and community.
Today I reflect on Martin Luther King, the fight for civil rights, and what it means to be a public servant. I remember traveling to Selma, Alabama with civil rights leaders and African American leaders of today like Hazel Dukes thinking about what public service means today and how we need to completely fulfill the mission and dreams of our leaders who have passed on.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has shown great examples of public service. The power of his voice was able to move mountains and legislation. He was able to work with the leaders of the nation while simultaneously building a movement throughout the country that had a lasting effect not only on the United States but global movements. It is a powerful sentiment that is a driving force in my life today and always as public service and community building is the center piece of me being an elected official.
When I traveled to Selma Alabama with Brooklyn Anti Violence Coalition, we took children on was called the “Rediscovering Lost Values Tour”. It is important to not only show the next generation of leaders what it means to be a great public servant but also be able to provide the examples of great leaders like Martin Luther King and show the next generation what courage and sacrifice means to be able to make change for our communities.
Darma V. Diaz
NYC Council – District 37
Brooklyn, New York 11207