“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
No matter where we are, where we come from, what we look like, who we love, or what faith we practice, we can ALL lend our voices to support one another and make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. There has been so much progress made in the years between MLK’s life and now, and yet there is still so much more progress to be made. Whatever you’re doing today, I hope it’s filled with love. After all, “I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
We read the kids this book often. I’ve written about it before, but trying to explain the whys of racism (as well as slavery and assassination) to my kids as a white mom is confronting and challenging (yes, I realize that even using the word ‘challenging’ in the subject matter is problematic). I don’t want to tell them all the horrors of the world yet, but I also want to arm them with information, empathy, and help them form a confident perspective when it comes up at school, because it will. I want them to be the first ones to shut down any negative comments in that arena if and when they do come up. How do you explain such past ignorance??? When we read that book they look at me with their 4 and 6-year-old innocent confusion, like “why would they (we)?” and I’m supposed to be the all-knowing mom. I say something about fear and ignorance, but internally I’m just like “I. Don’t. Know”.
So Dear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my kids and I read your words. You were a modern-day prophet, and while you made human mistakes, you changed the world dramatically for the better with your words and activism.
They played this at my church and there wasn’t a dry eye. His words are indeed powerful.
Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today (and every day) my kids and I (and the EHD office) will indeed remember you.