A Dream Worth Dying For

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“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nobody lived by these words better than Dr. King did.  This strong, intelligent, determined Black man believed so much in his dream to help to create equality in the United States that he was willing to die for it.  And on April 4, 1968, that is exactly what happened.  For that I am so very grateful.
You see, I grew up in a mostly White town.  Growing up there was certainly a divide among the Black and White students.  Most of the Black students didn’t take honors classes.  In fact, my senior year I was the only Black person in my AP English class.  However, I was blessed to have a wonderful teacher who truly didn’t care about color, class or gender.
She always did her very best to make that we read just many books and stories about Blacks as we did about Shakespeare.  And somehow, I’m convinced that regardless of not if I had been in her class or not, she still would have selected the reading material she did.  In my opinion, she was one of the few non-Black teachers who truly embraced Dr. King’s mindset of total equality.
Today, I live in a nice neighborhood where there is only two other Black families besides my own.  And I’m thankful that we get along with almost all of our neighbors.  I’m pretty sure that without Dr. King and his Civil Rights peers, I wouldn’t have had such good experiences in these situations.
So, today we’re not celebrating the achievements of Dr. King, but a renewing of his legacy.  I challenge everyone reading this take on a dream that you feel is worth dying for.  Find that one thing that you are passionate to death about and go for it.  Maybe, it’s something to do with your kids, your family, your community, etc.  Just go forth and make a positive difference!
How are you keeping Dr. King’s legacy alive?

16 Comments

  1. This Cookn' Mom

    January 17, 2012 at 2:28 am

    MLK was such a great man. We did a brief lesson on MLK today with the kids.

  2. This Cookn' Mom

    January 17, 2012 at 2:28 am

    MLK was such a great man. We did a brief lesson on MLK today with the kids.

  3. This Cookn' Mom

    January 17, 2012 at 2:28 am

    MLK was such a great man. We did a brief lesson on MLK today with the kids.

  4. Candice

    January 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Nicely said. He was amazing man. By the way, tag! You're it 🙂 Check out my new post for the details!

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  5. YUMMommy

    January 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    That's nice that you all were able to do something with the kids. Have to start them off young in order for them to appreciate these kind of things later.

  6. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    January 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    That's nice that you all were able to do something with the kids. Have to start them off young in order for them to appreciate these kind of things later.

  7. May

    January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    He will forever be remembered. If people like him never existed, i wonder how and what this world would have become. Thanks for posting. Wishing you a great week.

  8. Mrs AOK

    January 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great Post for a Great Man! I think his legacy still lives on in many of us. His zeal for equality and peace is one I hope to spread if not worldwide.. with my own children. I'm thankful for free thinkers and peace seekers. You know I'm a lover of love and hater of hate ; )
    xoxo

  9. Mrs.AOK

    January 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great Post for a Great Man! I think his legacy still lives on in many of us. His zeal for equality and peace is one I hope to spread if not worldwide.. with my own children. I'm thankful for free thinkers and peace seekers. You know I'm a lover of love and hater of hate ; ) xoxo

  10. Alicia@ Mommy Delicious

    January 20, 2012 at 3:03 am

    This: “Today we're not celebrating the achievements of Dr. King, but a
    renewing of his legacy.” What a powerful sentence and statement. Such
    a reminder for us to reflect on who Dr. King was and what he stood for
    and how, although we have a long way to go, we are nevertheless able
    to live out his vision and his dream.

  11. Alicia

    January 20, 2012 at 3:03 am

    This: \”Today we're not celebrating the achievements of Dr. King, but arenewing of his legacy.\” What a powerful sentence and statement. Sucha reminder for us to reflect on who Dr. King was and what he stood forand how, although we have a long way to go, we are nevertheless ableto live out his vision and his dream.

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