“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
They say that history repeats itself. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up against violence during a violent time in our history. Protests were the norm. Crimes among the innocent took place weekly. It was a sad time for our country. However, Dr. King decided to encourage angry Americans to look at life differently, to be peaceful during the storms, to use their voices to make a difference instead of their fists. I always admired Dr. King because he intentionally went against societies norms to speak up for what he believed in his heart was true.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is special to me in many ways. It is the day that my bf, Charles and my new extended family bury one of their own. A woman who took care of everyone, a Big Mama one could say, that took in children who didn’t have parents or needed a place to call home. She raised many boys to men. Men who are strong, successful, and trouble free because of her. This day is bittersweet because it is a celebrated day for both the late Erma Rogers of Kansas City and Dr. Martin Luther King of Atlanta, GA. May they both rest in perfect peace.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I can proudly say that the circle of people that I call friends are strong, passionate, outspoken, and smart humanitarians. In 2015, hatred seems to be increasing all over the world and peace decreasing. Today is a great day to remember where we came from, what we did to get to where we are now, and encourage each other to once again take a stand. We aren’t guaranteed to like everything or everyone in this life; but wouldn’t you agree that the time we have on earth is too short to let hatred lead the way we live? How are you leading the way, taking a stand, or impacting others? Leave a comment and be an encouragement to someone today.