MLK is still with us.
A few weeks ago, I was attending the Riverview School District Office, Duvall, Parent, Teacher, Student Association’s (PTSA) Council’s District Art awards recognition gathering. The artist competition topic was, “What Is Your Story?”
Our world renowned and great American, Martin Luther King Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929 and was murdered on April 4, 1968, motivated grade schooler Zelma Quaynor, through her visual art project, to express her deepest gratitude towards her inspirational hero Doctor King.
This artist depicted her mother, her father and herself as a family. Then attached to the side of her art work Zelma noted: “How this relates to my story is that I would not be alive without Martin Luther King Jr. because my mom is white and my dad is black.” “Zelma’s Cool Story”, apparently emotionally moved the judges, as well as many who attended this event and it was given one of the four Visual Arts Honorable Mention ribbons.
Even though this outstanding American role model, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is no longer physically present his life and actions are still influencing us. And a dutifully “thank you” goes out to this great man. As distinctly as young Zelma has pointed out due to a lot of Dr. King’s courageous actions more and more people are marrying whomever they want too.
Dr. King’s official birthday, now a national holiday, was last Sunday January 15th. I am optimistic this “take an extra 25% off” special shopping time did not completely divert us from reflecting on the innumerable sacrifices this treasured American’s Non-Violent Civil Disobedience leader displayed for humankind.
Thank you Dr. King for forcing us to live up to our pledge: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (all of us) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s shadow still covers the world and although MLK holiday was a few days ago there is always time for us to reflect on our forefather’s truths about “all men”.
Then darn right, at the same time contemplated what each of us can personally do to make sure that “I have a dream…” and our country’s “self-evident” doctrine remains a USA sanctified value and a truism.