I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but in America, the change of times is heralded by little candy-covered chocolate discs called M&Ms. The wrapping was barely off the presents and the dinner dishes weren’t even dry before the red and green Holiday M&Ms were whisked off the shelves and replaced by the pink, red, and white Valentine M&Ms—even though Valentine’s Day isn’t until February.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday in January. Dr. King’s legacy as a civil rights activist is honored with speeches and closed schools and offices, but as yet, the M&M folks haven’t come out with MLK M&Ms. Perhaps they’re still trying to choose which colors to make them.
Obviously, there would be no black or white M&Ms, but red, which is the color of brotherhood and love. And, as that great song says, we all Bleed Red, no matter what our skin color. But what are the colors of justice, hope, respect, and dignity? Why, sun-gold, of course.
“He rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, restoring dignity and respect to their lives - a place in the sun!” –1 SAMUEL 2:8