Martin Luther King Day : My thoughts, hopes & reflections

Being a mother to a bi-racial child, a GRANDmommy to a beautiful mixed race baby and the wife of one very humble, sincere and strong black man, I would just like to take a moment to share some of my favorite thoughts, hopes, dreams and reflections for what Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and ultimately died for. I pray that progress in our society never stops and that the day will come when we will all be ONE ...just people, not black, not white, not latino nor hispanic....just PEOPLE !

A day of silence on my blog with the following thoughts that pull on my heart:

"We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness" -Dr Martin Luther King

  • AGAPE - Overflowing unconditional love for all, including adversaries, needed for nonviolent conflict-resolution. Dr. King called it “love in action…love seeking to preserve and create community…love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless and creative.”
    He said that “Agape does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people…It begins by loving others for their sakes” and “makes no distinction between a friend and enemy; it is directed toward both…

  • A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching
    spiritual death- Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies
    hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction
    of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.

    "I have a dream today.
    I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
    I have a dream today.
    have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
    This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day." -Martin Luther King

  • Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
    -- Maya Angelou

  • Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
    -- Maya Angelou

  • It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate."
    -- James Baldwin

    If you took the time to read this today, thank you and may this be a day to remind us of our priorities and goals as a people, as God's children and let it be a day of peace, promise and hope for the future.


    My Beautiful, Multi-Racial, Well Blended Family :) I AM Blessed!