Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dreaming With Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's not new news:  Monday is a national holiday:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Of course, probably more so than anyone else, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is strikingly known for his efforts to strengthen, enhance, and move us forward in the Civil Rights Movement, both as individuals and as a nation.

As partisan politics and differing views STILL noisily show & bark on--we are not done.  His message on equality in our world is still so vital, here 50+ years after the Civil Rights Movement.

Empathy is still needed for all of us, on a daily basis.

To help you celebrate Dr. King and his visions for a united "United States" and connected human community, here are several links for contemplation, reflection, and even perhaps even some activism:

  • 8 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr  (Michael Hyatt Podcast & Post)
  • All National Parks Are Free On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Huffington Post Article, 1/8/2016)  Get outside!! This year's January 18th is an admission-free day for national parks. The first of 16 days for this year ahead.  It might be a nice way to go forward for your personal self as a way to celebrate the great wide world we have out there.
At our little schoolhouse, we are having a Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly ahead on Wednesday. At our grade level, we showed our students Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.  We also then videotaped students reading excerpts of that speech to show at the assembly.  We then had a brainstorming session where the students came up with a compilation of what our dreams are for a better world.  Following up a study of homelessness, thoughts included having everyone feeling fortunate for what they have as well as having a warm bed and safe place to sleep at night.  Other thoughts included helping the environment/fighting climate change and also treating others the way we all want to be treated. 

There were more!

In his 39 years, Martin Luther King did so much on behalf of civil rights, activism, and our country.  Activism comes in big and small steps.  What can you do, even in the tiniest of ways, to be a leader that would make Dr. King proud??

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