So we have tomorrow off school and work, for a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. What will you do with that day? Catch up on chores or sleep? Go see a movie?
What is the point of the day? I believe the point is in this quote above by MLK – What are you doing for others? King had a dream, and he made things better for all Americans (and beyond) as he worked for his dream. But while the arc of the universe may be bending toward justice, we are not there yet, and there are more dreams to be dreamed and more work to be done. We cannot sit back and congratulate ourselves on how it’s all better now. There is work to be done.
It’s not much, but one day of service is a start. My family will be planting trees tomorrow. Check your local UnitedWay websites, to find a family-friendly service project of your own.
And as a family, talk about the legacy and the calling. The past, and the future. Do you have members of your family who were engaged with civil rights during the 1960′s? Interview them and ask what they remember from those days. Think about what civil rights look like today. Talk about human rights, economic justice, equal access, and beloved community. Ask yourself what you have done to effect change. Talk as a family about what you could do in the future to effect change.
In these ways we can honor the legacy, and truly celebrate this holiday.