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I am Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is hard for me to know where to start in writing something about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He was such an inspiration and still has such a far reaching influence on the world.  In addition to the progress he made in civil rights, he also inspired many of us to keep working for justice and equality.  He encouraged peaceful ways to protest, inspired by Gandhi, that are still followed today.

Information about his life, and all that he accomplished, is on web pages like Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

I want to share a couple of quotes of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that have been particularly inspirational for me.

One quote is “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  I do not want to be silent about the things that matter and that is one of the reasons that I started this blog.  It is important to speak up, tell our stories, and engage in dialog – that is how we make positive changes in hearts and minds.

In his Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963), Martin Luther King Jr said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  That rings true for me.  As long as there are people being treated unjustly, folks need to speak up and work towards justice for those people.  Often they are not in a position to speak up for themselves, and we never know when that injustice might extend in some way to us and those that we love.

I looked for local events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year (Monday January 17th), and found one that is happening this week on the Olympic College calendar of events:

http://www.olympic.edu/Students/StudentServices/ASOC/Events.htm

Wednesday January 12, 2011

Faith Temple

2814 Trenton Avenue, Bremerton

6 p.m.-7:30p.m

Kirkland Production Presents “Barry Scott’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“An authority on life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scott wrote and starred in Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here as a tribute to Dr. King and to teach a generation of students about one of America’s most violent and inspiring times, and the man who literally changed the entire nation.”

Free Admission and open for the entire community. Sign language interpreter services will be provided.

One tradition is to celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a day of service, a day to do something good in your community. Some final wisdom I want to share from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relates: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

For more information and ideas, check out the Martin Luther King Day website:

http://mlkday.gov

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