Monday, January 19, 2009


I was thinking about today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and thinking about what it means to us in the 21st century. Tomorrow, history is going to happen as the first African-American president gets inaugurated to office, and people are making a big deal of it.

I am not sure if Dr. King would be pleased with the attention the President-elect's skin color is getting. The whole point of Dr. King's speech was not celebrating people of color because of their skin color, but celebrating the accomplishments of all, regardless of the color of their skin, based on the content of their character, to use his words. I think he may be disappointed that society is still so focused in on skin color over character.

As you watch, and listen to Dr. King's speech today, with your children (posted below in it's entirety) think on, and discuss what he was saying. Are we closer to or further from that dream of Dr. King's today?

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