Sunday, January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr.


"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." -Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that most Americans can recite a portion of Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech if we were asked to do so. It has become a part of our social selves and rightly so, it was a tremendous speech that helped change history. But not much more is taught, and there is so much more to learn from this icon of social change.
It was not until my third year of college that I was given Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. This letter that was written on several napkins, is for me a powerful lesson in tolerance, justice, injustice, love and above all how to embrace and respect those who think differently than you do. This letter is momentous and I believe still very relevant to the state of our country today.
Take a moment and read it here.


Spencer and Kealia said...

great post meikel! i remember in grade school using finger paints to make all different color hand prints... then we added MLK's speech. you're so insightful!

ps-mom stopped at trader joe's and bought you some organic toothpaste... apparently you're allergic to the stuff us "normal" people use... anyway it's a great excuse to get together! i'll hold it as collateral. call me, muah!