Happy Birthday, Dr. King

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​Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday, although we celebrate and observe his holiday tomorrow. The holiday is more than the man, but it is important to remember that Dr. King was a man. He was born, he was married, and he had children. It’s possible that they might not have wanted to carry on his legacy, but upon his assassination, their futures were determined.

Fight or flee.

They weren’t the only ones.

I have vague memories of Dr. King, probably from television. I’m not sure how much in schooling I received. I was only about sixteen months old when he was murdered, but I grew up feeling his presence.

My parents weren’t particularly political, but we were Jewish, and so we had always felt a kinship to African-Americans through our continued bias against us, and our brotherhood of slavery regardless of how long ago it was.

Dr. Martin Luther King was a man, an orator, and every day we should be reminded that the struggle is not over. Non-violence is the way, but that does not mean rolling over or giving in. We all have a responsibility to our selves and our fellow citizens to stand up for them, and for us.

Stand up, speak out.

I will call it out.

I will vote.

I will civilly disobey.

I will be the solution.
Here are some thoughts from Dr. King. Imagine what more he would have given us had he lived.

On the true meaning of peace:

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

– Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

On doing what is right:

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

– Oberlin College Commencement Speech, 1965

On resisting hatred:

“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

– “I Have a Dream,” 1963

On character:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

– Strength to Love, 1963

On combatting hatred:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

— Strength to Love, 1963

On God’s promise:

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop . . . I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

— “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop,” 1968

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​Book News is a new series that is for sharing, for sounding board, for feedback, and for my own accountability. I’ve mentioned several times in the past about the two books that I’ve been “in the middle of” for what seems like forever. I feel like my Wales book is a reward for when my House book is finished. The problem with that is that writing the House book is extraordinarily emotional and I have a hard time getting through it for several reasons that I need to address within the pages of the book.

I don’t know if it will be a monthly or a biweekly feature (I’m leaning towards biweekly) , but it will be on my calendar, and so I will need to set goals based on my outlines, and begin the research for some of their aspects.

Book News will let me keep a log of those things that aren’t necessarily post-worthy or essay/articles, but that still need to be accomplished in order to publish.

I think this will work for me, and I appreciate your support as I make changes and grow as a writer.

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