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21 January 2008 @ 04:40 pm
Until justice rolls down like water...  
I didn't want to let this day pass without noting its important in the U.S., which is in celebration of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those places we turn to for casual entertainment can also provide things of real importance. I offer you this historic recording today:

Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech

I listened to this with the children, and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. How hard it is to tell them, now that they are old enough to hear it, that this battle for equality is not yet over. Things are better-- miraculously better than they once were. But it is not over.

An organization that came to my attention years ago is one I'll mention now, for those who are interested. Its name does not begin to describe the power of the things this group has done for civil rights in recent years:

The Southern Poverty Law Center

This group has pursued justice in civil courts for victims of the Klan. They monitor hate groups throughout the country, and they sponsor a program called "Teaching Tolerance" with the goal of reaching children early with the message of equality.

And their website also contains a link to their Civil Rights Memorial, an incredible place I hope to someday visit. It was designed by Maya Lin (the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial architect) as an experience of honoring, understanding, and mourning those lives lost in the struggle for civil rights.


 
 
 
aeroport_art: biteaeroport_art on January 22nd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
You know, I've never actually listened to the speech in it's entirety before. I'm all teared up ;_; Thanks for the link, Karen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
I've heard snippets before, and read it, but this is the first time as an adult I've heard it all the way through. It just gathers and gathers in feeling, and the portion I quoted in the subject and then the finale... they have such huge emotional impact.

I'm glad you followed the link to listen! :)
tyrical: Snoopy_hope on the walltyrical on January 22nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
You honor Dr. King's memory and I thank you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I did a lot of talking about this with my son, who is 8. Explaining how going to jail was not a bad thing when Dr. King did it, and that he risked his life for what he believed in and ultimately died for it... those are lessons to understand and never forget.