I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Whenever I read a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. it always fills my heart with more love, compassion, and appreciation for every individual. It reminds me of the sacrifice he made to change the culture of our society into one that recognizes the value in each person.
His legacy is one that transcends race or politics. It is one grounded in the power of love and the power of the human spirit when focused on and committed to being an agent of change. I’ve recently been feeling that pull even more. To follow in his footsteps of wanting to make positive change in our communities. And any one of us can take part in that. Think of a part of our world in which you want to see positive change, and figure out what you will do to help make it happen.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that, at its core, is really the right of every human: equality. That no matter what skin complexion you have, what your family background is, or your economic status… you are treated fairly and given equal rights from the very beginning.
As an African American woman, I am not blind to the journey before us. We have long way to go in the area of equality, but I am celebrating how far we have come.
One of things I love about MLK is that he empowers us not to be silent. To find our voice in the world even in the midst of noise and confusion. Our voice, once found, can be used as a positive and empowering commitment to growth and unity.
His legacy embraces compassion over violence. His nonviolent movement was an example of how to lead and be that voice in the face of adversity. His life and voice lives on, and the journey to see this country changed lives on.
** If you are looking for ways to teach your children about his legacy or want to take part in celebrating the life and legacy of this great man, see some local activities and events below:
Event: MLK Fest
Date: January 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75215
Description: The Walls Project will lead a mural project and Matthews Southwest will lead a community clean-up at the MLKJCC and in and around the MLK corridor.
Date: January 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Anatole, 2201 N Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207
Description: The 38th Annual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala will feature keynote speaker Mr. Andrew Gillum, scholarships and awards presentations, and performances.
Event: MLK March/Parade
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Holmes St. to Fair Park
Description: Floats, marching bands, dance troops and vehicles participate in a march/parade on MLK Blvd.
Event: Youth Summit
Date: January 25, 2020, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Dallas Holocaust Museum, 300 N Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202
Description: Designed to spark dialogue, awareness, and engagement to equip students and young professionals to advocate for racial justice in their schools, workplaces, communities, and beyond.
Editor’s note: Many Dallas libraries also have special MLK exhibits or children’s activities scheduled for this weekend. Check your nearest branch website or their program brochure to see.