I will spend Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday reflecting on King's ideas, and his dream.

I was born in 1970, two years after King's death. I'd like to spend part of the day talking to my parents to learn more about their memories of King -- my father has told me that he participated in the March on Washington in 1963.

I will reflect on King's dream that one day his four children would not have to live in a world where they would be judged by the color of their skin but instead would be judged solely on their character. I will ask myself, "Has this part of King's dream really come true?"

I will reflect on King's philosophy of nonviolent resistance, which he adopted from the great leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi. I will think back in admiration of King's outstanding intelligence. I will think of his idea that nonviolence can bring about more achievements than violence because nonviolence is constructive and violence is destructive. Violence only brings about more violence.

Later in the day, I'll probably take the Metro to the Martin Luther King Jr. Library to watch the unveiling of the mural of this great man. While I am on the bus, I'll sit in the front. There was a time when I might have been asked to move, to sit in the back, or even been thrown off or arrested on the spot.

If my family and I go out to dinner, we will sit wherever we desire. There was a time when proprietors of restaurants would only let blacks sit near the kitchen, if they served them at all.

King's holiday will be a meaningful day for me, a day for me to be thankful that King gave his life so mine could be brighter.

When the day is done, I will thank God for giving King a dream, a dream that will never die and will someday come true.