Today, people all over the world honor Dr. Martin Luther King today, he would have been 85 years old. It was weird because I finally had the opportunity to watch The Butler for the first time last night go figure, and as I watched I saw two stories, I saw the over all story of slavery, how we struggled and suffered and how lucky we are to be here today on the internet reading this.
I also saw a second story, a story of a community that struggled to get it together, of blacks struggling to reconcile the mental indignities that we suffered, trying to decipher if the opportunities that we have gained were even opportunities at all.
The world has changed significantly since then, we have become sophisticated in education, medicine, music and technology and everyone has the opportunity to make significant strides in their life. Dr. King’s legacy is the very foundation on which all of that sits and for that we ought to be very grateful.
While we celebrate, we want to challenge you that even in the simplest of things, like posting a child’s picture on Facebook showing off a hair journey that we are nothing but positive.
That instead of tearing each other apart with snide comments that we remember how far we have come as a people and that the little things we say now, *did* lead to huge destructive things back then.
Sometimes when we talk about hair, it isn’t just about hair, we have found a way to celebrate each other as women, as moms, as daughters and professionals.
With that said, we want to say thank you Dr. King, we have gained the ultimate understanding of what it is you were trying to teach, and that is to love each other and to direct with light and positivity.
What has Dr. King taught you?