Monday, January 16, 2006

Pick up where King left off.

When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on Apr. 4, 1968, he was in the midst of planning the Poor People's Campaign. This so-called "second phase" of the civil rights struggle, was to focus on economic injustice and poverty. Unfortunately, for all of us, he was killed before the Poor People's March on Washington, DC took place. There is still much work to be done, so we can pick up where King left off. Take time on this King Holiday to promote economic justice, tolerance, and respect. Here are some ways to get started:

* Consider class and how poverty and economic disparity contribute to our social problems.

* Teach tolerance and fight hate. Remember the best way to teach is to model the behavior you expect.

* Live an ethical and just life. As King once said "The time is always right to do what is right." Even when it is hard. Even when it is unpopular. Even when it is inconvenient. Even when it is unexpected.

* Serve. Give liberally of your time, talents, money and other resources to improve our world.

On this the 20th anniversary of the US King Holiday, and the 77th anniversary of his birth, REMEMBER, CELEBRATE, ACT and honor the legacy of Dr. King.

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's "Theory of Relativity" to serve. You don't have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1 comment:

Karama said...

Thanks to LAmom for this link to the press conference announcing the Poor People's Campaign. Great find!