The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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.


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