Favorite Episodes: Imagining Dr. King on MLK Day 2015

 

tvJanuary (and February for me) is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

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I spent a fair amount of Monday, Dr. King’s Day, reading and listening to his words.  I couldn’t help but wonder what would he think now.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been gunned down in Memphis on April 4th, 1968; on Thursday, January 15th he would have celebrated his 86th birthday.  I imagine like any octogenarian on the occasion of his 86th birthday, he would pause and reflect not only on himself, his family, his life but also on the state of affairs of his country, his people whom he served and the nation he served by being the voice and catalyst for change.

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Favorite Episodes: Dear America, We Need To Talk

tvJanuary is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

Dear America,

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Monday Motivations – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I am feeling particularly unmotivated this Monday. Sometimes I choose not to fight my lack of motivation and lethargy. Feeling tired, I decided I would stretch out on my couch. Then I remembered today is Monday and I need to post a Monday Motivations quote. Continue reading

Dear America, We Need To Talk

Dear America,

We need to talk.

We need to talk about #Race and #Racism in America.  My Twitter feed is on fire over #RoxburyShooting.  Please do not turn the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston into another #Ferguson.  I see so many tweets that are attempting to do just that on both sides of the battle.  Continue reading

Imagining Dr. King on MLK Day 2015

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Image courtesy of Historical Stock Photo

I spent a fair amount of Monday, Dr. King’s Day, reading and listening to his words.  I couldn’t help but wonder what would he think now.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been gunned down in Memphis on April 4th, 1968; on Thursday, January 15th he would have celebrated his 86th birthday.  I imagine like any octogenarian on the occasion of his 86th birthday, he would pause and reflect not only on himself, his family, his life but also on the state of affairs of his country, his people whom he served and the nation he served by being the voice and catalyst for change.

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Writers Quote Wednesday – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thanks to Colleen over at Silver Threading for facilitating this weekly community event.


I was procrastinating, playing with the apps on my phone, I mean I was deciding which of the two half-completed Writers Quote Wednesday posts I should finish, when I stumbled upon a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on my twitter feed and I decided I should change directions entirely. Continue reading

Living the Dream


As our nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, I think of my now 15-year old niece, Makayla and the card she gave me when she was 8 years old for Valentines Day – my birthday – and Black History Month (all celebrated in February).

When I opened the envelope, I saw a picture of three girls and two women representing me, my sister, and three of my nieces with faces colored with different flesh tones representing the diversity of our skin color from the palest white to caramel mocha.

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On the inside next to a picture of herself, Makayla wrote in big letters: “Happy Family Day Aunty Lynne! We are living the dream. Thank you Martin! Love, Makayla”.

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And in some ways our family and extended family is living Dr. King’s dream.   “I have a dream that one day, … little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” stated Dr. King and in our family circle we do.

At a family party, a friend of my 9-year old nephew asked if every one on the lawn was his family.  Joey looked around and said, “Yup that’s my family.” Gathered on the lawn were black men and white men, black women and white women and children, the offspring of the adults gathered, black, white and the tannish children, who our society doesn’t quite know what to call. I never much liked mulatto or mixed race. I guess I prefer biracial as opposed to other if we must check a box.  Really I much prefer Tiger Wood’s word of comblination because it is a word he created from the vantage point of a child.

That is my dream that all Americans view each other with a child’s vantage point of kindness and acceptance. Then it wouldn’t matter if we are Native Americans, African Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Americans whose ancestors were here when the first white man arrived on the shores of what we now call America, Americans whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower, Americans whose ancestors came over in the dark bowels of slave ships, Americans whose ancestors came from all over the globe arriving in America through Ellis Island, or Americans whose ancestors crossed the border between Mexico and America. All that would matter is that we are Americans doing our best to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.