Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Day!

Below is what I wrote for the local mag blog I write for:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

We celebrate our civil rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr., at this time in January because his actual birthday was on January 15th. While King was assassinated in 1968, his sermons, writings, and teachings are still incredibly relevant today, and reading his words encourages me in every walk of life.

“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. 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.”

King had a way of flushing out the truth. Of seeing what our founding fathers had written, and making sure we followed through with these promises as a nation. That we really were going to treat all people equally, and that we could allow all people freedom of speech and nonviolent ways to have their opinions heard by our leaders. He had a way of peacefully and clearly explaining what the Bible says about all people, and how God created each human with equal value, and therefore we should respect every person’s human rights without question.

Above all, he unified us as a nation, and his words continue to inspire us towards peace and understanding in our communities. He gave us the gift of love for one another… knowing that on the inside we’re all the same, and on the outside our different colors should be celebrated!

“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.”

Nothing too incredibly deep, but it's for a wide audience :). Happy MLK day everyone! I'm so grateful for the work of our civil rights leaders and the impact they, ESPECIALLY Dr. King, still have on our society today!


  1. I love his words. This man's words and actions have had a profound effect on the world. It's a good day.

  2. Hi Becca!

    I just read every single post on this new blog! I found it linked on another blog, which I found on another blog. Oh my, I need to get off the computer and return to motherhood! :)

    I just wanted to say that I think your family is awesome, and I am so excited that your hubby got into Carolina and ECU! Two schools, wow, he must be a really good student! Carolina is so prestigious and so renowned that I know they will prepare him well!!! We've both thought about changing our lives, but lack the courage to do it. We're just another NC family recovering from layoffs, dreaming already of another adoption, and wondering (at 25 and 34!!) what we're going to do with the rest of our lives...

    Thanks for sharing such great quotes and wisdom with everyone! I'll be checking in for sure now!

    Kari :)

  3. Becca, are you the one who contacted me about the retreat? Did you get my response? I just found you you through Kari's blog. If this is you, come on along for the ride and bring your Mom, too. We'd love to have you!