Monday, January 16, 2012

Thank you, Dr. King!

While today is a "vacation" from school, it is an important day to stop and reflect about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are lots of video clips about Dr. King and children are learning about him in school. He is certainly an important historical figure for our country.

Yet this morning I was reflecting about the day he was assassinated. I was 20 years old at the time. I will never forget the horror of that day. It was unthinkable.

Dr. King managed, through non-violent measures, to move this country to start to make our constitution a living, breathing, reality-based document by insisting that all people are created equal and are endowed by their creator with important civil rights. 

He left a personal legacy for me as a member of a primarily African-American church. I have new empathy for the stories of discrimination that surround me each Sunday. He has also left me with "food for thought" as one of his saying stays with me every day. 

I love this quotation by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:    

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

What a great reminder!
God bless!
Love Linda


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