Monday, January 16, 2012

I Have A Dream

“Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus. On some positions cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an annual American federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January. We don't hear much about it here in Canada unfortunately. Serena & I watched a great little biography on Discovery Education called "The Boyhood of Martin Luther King, Jr.". We read up on and discussed the history of racial segregation and the civil rights movement. The highlight was listening to the audio clip of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech, "I Have A Dream".

Serena started writing her own "I Have A Dream" scroll. Apart from her dreams to have a chestnut brown morgan and a white grey dapple thoroughbred, she also has a dream that one day "there will be no math". Needless to say, her dreams are a little less lofty than Dr. King's.

Related Reading & Resources:
"Martin's big words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
"Viola Desmond won't be budged" by Jody Nyasha Warner
"Where Monsters Can Grow" poem
Red Letter Christians: What would MLK do? Christians and Climate Change by Jarrod McKenna

1 comment:

  1. It was a holiday here in Florida
    Lot of news clips played and a parade downtown
    Well remembered
    Nanny & Papa