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From Everyone Who Has Been Given Much ...

by Allan Houston

The scriptures that Dr. King often preached say, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked". Dr. King realized he was given a calling much larger than himself. That calling was to lead a nation to another level of responsibility.

Dr. King's leadership inspired people of color to go beyond what we could have dreamed. He committed his life to equal opportunity for all and his legacy reaches wider than he could have imagined.

Dr. King taught me the value of a great Father-and-Son relationship. My father, like Dr. King, is a man of character and integrity, humility and purpose, and a true example of fatherhood, manhood, and leadership. Dr. King dreamed of a society where people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character and hard work.

Because of Dr. King, my father got the opportunity to become the first African American basketball coach in the South Eastern Conference. Because of the examples set by my father and Dr. King, I was able to build my dreams, goals and success as a NBA player on character and hard work.

More importantly, I learned the value of service and the impact that one individual can have on the life of another. This is what we attempt to do with the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, and why the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service means so much to us.

I founded the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation with the mission to facilitate individual and collective growth through initiatives that restore a strong family unit, provide economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, encourage education and life skill development, and enhance spiritual growth. Dr. King's service has allowed all of these basic ideals to be realized for many.

Through public-private partnerships great feats can be accomplished. This MLK Day, we served as a partner in several cities including Atlanta, LA, and New York. We are excited about what the future holds for the next generation and look forward to our continued service through volunteerism.

I hope all you can join me in the spirit of Dr. King to volunteer and make the world a better place.

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