Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

A repeat from last year's post about a great man.  I was telling my PG that I grew up thinking very differently about him, because of what was talked about in my home.  It makes me sad to think about how my parents thought back in the 50's and 60's.  It makes me grateful to know I didn't continue to carry on with that thinking.

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.  He had a dream.  A dream that certainly couldn't be fulfilled overnight.  A dream not just for himself, but for mankind.  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the the content of their character."  Isn't that beautiful?    
I'm glad that I've witnessed in my lifetime a shift in how people/races interact with one another.  One man spoke up to voice what others felt in their hearts and moved us to the healing that humankind so sorely needed.  You see, as long as we hold those prejudices and hates, we are not free.  We are shackled by those hates; that anger.  And until we decide that what's on the outside really doesn't matter and that the only thing that matters is what's in someone's heart, we will never be free.  He said it best when he said: 
..."Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring -- when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children -- black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics -- will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Whether or not you have the day off today, have a wonderful day!  And just send a quick note of gratitude to your higher power that we were blessed to have heard the words from Dr. King's heart. 
This is my 200th post.  It's taken me forever to get here, and I really would like to post more often.  I'm just still looking for the voice!  Thanks for hanging in here with me!!


Ms. A said...

Congratulations on 200! I'm right behind you.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

Oh PK - a beautifully written post with beautiful words. I couldn't have said it better myself. What great words that just make you stop and think. Thank you.