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?
Nicole Brownie says
That Violence is not the key, love is. Stand up for what’s right; do what’s right.
Nevergoingnowhere Briscoe says
That dreams do come true
Kamiah Bryson says
That it’s not all about violence all men should come together no matter what the race is
Marie Baker says
Stand up as a nation in a peaceful demonstration for what is right?
Alesha Clayton says
To always stand up for your rights, and what you believe in no matter what! !!
RH Wright says
We can’t cure hatred with hatred & to exercise your Freedom of Speech.
Ruth Guzman says
To go for what u believe in no matter the opposition!
QueenMe MyKing says
We are all equal no matter what color you are and stand up for what you believe in
Jamie Perry says
To look at a person’s character, not the color of their skin. I carry that with me through it all.
LaShawn Williams says
If you want something its up to you to pick it up & grab it
Andrea Angie Tater says
To love my blackness to teach my children our history; Jamaican and Afro-American.
Toya-Denise Hudson says
He has taught me not to run from our past but to remember it and be humbled. To take what our ancestor’s have seen and not be angered by it, but honored that so many of them suffered and went through adversities so that I could have a fighting chance at a successful life.
Elizabeth Brooks says
To love people no mater wht race or color may b
Micole Spicer says
Love not hate conquers all.
Latashi Blue says
to love and live in unity
Fonda Edmonds Nesbitt says
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Minenhle Yayah Zondie says
Tamika Brown says
He taught me not to be afraid of ignorance and hate.
I agree HHJs are indeed a way for us to uplift our race and each other.
Abbi of BelowtheWaist
Emily Bowden says
I love this picture!
Nina Hasty says
To let people see the love that you are created of regardless how they treat you!
Lillie Coleman says
Love and harmony; tranquility, worthiness, true epitome of it all.
Anna Harrell says
Thank you Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.
La Donna Seamster says
Love conquer all no matter who or what!
Sharice MissReese Burnett says
Fight for what you believe in… Dreams do come true even if it’s not exactly the picture you painted… #DreamBig
Daymara M. S. King says
To be free…
Gloria Ross says
U have just the right in this world as the nefellow…learn
Gloria Ross says
i taught me that to stand firm in what u believe in and that i have the right in this world as the next person also that to learn humility under pressure and to love unconditionally learn we are all equel he also taught me to believe in myself and know my self worth.. he also taught me that it not about a black and white thing its a god thing ” god us this man to express this know those that label amongst you know that greater is he thats in u then he thats in the world we have the right to do to have whatever god said we can have and we have the right to do just as that theenmie always trying to block us from decades of time its our right to stand for righteousness sake dr.martin luther king die for our rights he didnt die in vain it was for purpose”..know ur purpose walk in your purpose fight for whats right ..everything that was good came with a voice let it be heard dont smother the voice let be known express it to those that is in the dark .. ive learned love conquers all even if they r unloveable”.
Cindy Rhodes says
Michelle Ramos says
That I can solve things and situations without violence. Keep my faith in God. And to love my the fellow man by trying to understand to have compassion. The way some people are is not their fault it could be what and how they were taught growing up.
Lashon Graham says
That love come from within
Marla Robinson says
He r handsome
Phyllis Martin-casey says
I am so proud of rthis man who demanded social justice and rights for all people….
Kelly Hall says
That one person’s sacrifice could save a nation and change the world.
Sharon Burgess Williams says
There is nothing too hard for God!
Chala M. Brooks says
He taught me I could fight for what I want or what’s right without using my fist! Also, let my character stand out and show who I really am.
Deneen Goodbread says
Nestor Unsudimi says
be proud to be black and not ashamed