Martin Luther King Jr birthday
Today is a speical day, it’s a day to remember a great man, a man of God, a man of peace who’s life was cut down in his prime.
And still his dream has not yet come to pass, still we have battles to fight, still rasicm exists. All these years later and we can still can’t seem to live in peace, we can’t seem to love people for who they are.
This saddens me, that 50 plus years later we are still where we were 50 years ago.
I write all the time about rasicm, how we need to love one another, how it’s about what’s inside, the person you are, what’s in your heart that should matter not your skin color, your religion or your sexual preference.
I was blessed enough to have grown up in a house where my parents opened the door to everyone. At any given time sitting around our dinner table were black friends, Jewish friends, Muslim friends, Spanish friends, Chinese friends, gay friends, even transvestite friends, yes our table looked like the United nations.
My mother had old friends, young friends, rich friends and poor friends, it didn’t matter to her, her heart and our door was open to everyone.
I try to teach my girls that, I lead by example, by honoring my mom’s legacy and living my life from a place of love, peace and acceptance.
One day I pray that we will live in a world when his words will ring true…where his dream will come to pass…
Maybe we should cut his words out, post them all over social media, tape them to our refrigerators, at work in the brake rooms so everyone can remember what he lived for and died for… a dream of peace, a dream of freedom, a dream of hope and of love….
Here are his famous words…I will let them speak for themselves.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
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 by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
If America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
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!”
Today my friends, let us change, let us show the world that all lives matter, that compassion matters, that love is the only thing that matters.
To be able to love your brother and sister, to not judge and to see people for who they are in their hearts because no matter what color we are, what religion we serve, what political party we belong to or who we love, we need to remember, we all bleed red.
“Be the change you want to see”
“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”
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