Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is January 16, 2012.  Yesterday was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.  On MLK day the kids get out of school to pay tribute to this man.  MLK was a pretty  amazing guy.  Born 1/15/29 in Georgia to a preacher.  The middle child of 3.

Did you know that he never finished high school?  MLK skipped 9th grade and 12th grade and went straight to college. He questioned the teaching of the bible and the Resurrection.  But went on to  become a Doctor and  minister of his own church at 25 yrs old.  He had 4 of his own children, and won a Nobel Peace Prize.  After he was murdered, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  It wasn't until 1986 that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was made a federal holiday.

His famous "I have a dream" speech is quite moving.  My favorite part of his speech is:
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
This part of his speech speaks to me on so many levels, and is true in all walks of life.  Whether you are purple, green or blue, you have your own struggle you have to overcome.  Battles that may pale in comparison to what the Negros were faced with then, but battles that affect your children, your future, and your life wholly.

If you're a parent, talk to your kids today about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Tell them what he did for Americans.  Look at your own life and decide what is holding you back, and how you can change the effect.

Cheers!  Happy Birthday Dr. King!

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