Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

Miracles and Blessings from  iCafe Woman Moderne to all of you celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday--this day of remembrance, community service, celebration, peace and reflection of whence we came to where we are going. 

Many have popped into iCafe Woman Moderne for their virtual morning Java and blueberry scones on their way to lend a hand.   

Today is a quiet day for those who were high school students unable to attend a college of their choice because of segregation laws--and for others barely out of diapers who watched on the family RCA from their parents' laps, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial steps.  

(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., - Selma March)

And some of you are quiet and reflective because you were the Civil Rights foot soldiers marching with Dr King in Selma, sat at lunch counters in Florida and Alabama, or fried chicken to feed a large attendance after he preached at a local church.  

 (Dr Martin Luther King Jr. - "I Have a Dream" Speech on the 
steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington)

Those born after Dr. King's time here on earth are quiet too.  They've heard his speeches in school, or on special broadcasts; heard the stories from their elders; and Googled his biographies for social studies' reports.  They appreciate his legacy in a different way from those who witnessed the civil rights movement through mature or young eyes. 

African Americans breathe his legacy in their daily lives when they enter a store, preside over a courtroom case or ride a city bus.  All Americans breathe his legacy when they judge a person by the content of character and not by the color of skin.  

 (Norman Rockwell's Painting of Ruby Bridges in 1960 titled:  "The Problem We All Live With")

Al though those born after his untimely death breathe his legacy in a different way, they breathe it never-the-less.  We want their children and those to come... to build on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.  Yes, we have overcome a lot, but there's still a lot more work to do.

As we enjoy the fruits of his labor, let us pay it forward to those looking up at us.  Be a blessing and you will be blessed in more ways than you ever imagined!

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