The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day stirs our emotions. In the darkest days of racism and oppression, common people found courage to rise above their personal interests. I write to thank one such person: Mr. Robert Bugg.
Robert and his wife Jacqueline are the founders of the local Martin Luther King Week festivities, but that’s not what I’m most grateful for. In 1967, Mr. Bugg, Mr. Leo Taylor and a social worker from Menninger’s founded the Topeka Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. In the 50 years since then, thousands of children and their “Bigs” have enjoyed life-changing mentoring relationships.
I count myself in that number. My Little Sister and I were matched when she was a third-grader at Williams Elementary. She recently graduated from Highland Park High School. Thank you, Mr. Bugg, and all the people who see a need and act. Our city and country are better for it. Dr. King tells us, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” I call on each of us to stand for love.
NANCY KNOPP DANIELS, Topeka