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If we truly want to honor King, we must commit to doing better, not just talk about doing better. This will take commitment, sacrifice and sweat by parents, politicians, civic organizations, churches and neighbors. The question is, are we Americans up for the task?

We must remember and honor King not necessarily for what he did, but more importantly for what he believed and how he inspired others. King belongs to the ages, but his dream lives on.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).