“If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

We would add, this is about your spirit of determination, not your physical state of being, and applies to all of sound mind and spirit, and has nothing to do with their body’s ability.

The message Dr. King delivered to an auditorium of college students at a rally, was intended to motivate the youth to keep from being pessimistic, uring them to push ahead, and of course, to fight for their own rights and for justice.

Dr. King’s full quote from that day at Spelman College (Arril 1960) is as follows, and is worth hearing again, as we open a new decade 80 years later.

“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it… but there is something we can learn from the broken grammar of that mother, that we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means, keep moving.”

For all those that we serve, we wish you the will, and determination, to keep moving, and to remember that MLK Day is not simply a reason for a long weekend, but a time to pause, remember our value as fellow members of the human race, and to never give up.

Some might point out that we are family lawyers, we practice divorce law. Who are we to say “never give up”. Giving up on a bad marriage is the equivalent of not giving up on yourself or your family. To those accused of a crime, that we represent, never give up defending yourself, or if you have run afoul the law, never give up on yourself, and improving yourself. As attorneys, “giving up” is simply not in our DNA.

Whether the battle is social injustice, racial injustice, poverty, what you do for a living, or who you love. If it is worth having, don’t give up.

Happy Martin Luther King Day.