Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


I watched the movie "Freedom Song" two nights ago.  Great movie.  It is so hard for me to imagine that just 9 years before I was born, just over 50 years ago racism and segregation was so prominent, so accepted.

I remember when I moved to Oregon with my second husband and enrolled my sons in school.  My youngest son was one of only four black children in the entire school.  I was horrified for him, after living in Cali for all of his life it was a reality check to move there.

My ex-husband and I thought we got bad service in restaurants in California, we had no idea how much worse it could be elsewhere.  I felt like I was in a different world and wasn't even that far from California. I could never imagine having to raise my children in much more segregated areas with so little diversity.

In each of us, There is a little of all of us
I remember at the end of the year the school put on the end of the year performance, that year it was a celebration of all cultures around the world.  I remember looking around the auditorium and seeing the faces of the parents, they looked disturbed and disgusted to see their children dressed in the beautiful bright colors and fabrics holding hands and celebrating all these different cultures.

I remember thinking to myself, "it's going to be okay.  With each generation our children will learn the truth of our oneness, they will outgrow these ugly attitudes they are taught by their parents who were taught by their parents and them theirs.  With each generation racism will slowly be weeded out and one day we will all celebrate our differences and our likeness."

I know there is still racism in the world, there is still hate, I also know that today there is so much more love than ever before, we are so blessed to be witness to these changes and blessed to have the opportunities to teach our own children differently than our ancestors taught theirs.  My childhood was a lot of things, racist teachings was not one of them for that I am blessed.

Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968
In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday this week I am reminded of the power of peace, the power of non violence in standing strong for what is right.  So many have stood up for what is right even when they had to stand alone.  Today I say a prayer in thanks for those who have stayed true to their soul and put aside their fears and took a peaceful stand for change.

I love you all from a place of gratitude for those who stood up for what is right, stood up for change for us all paving a path toward a better world for everyone.

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