Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Last week we challenged you to come up with one word that you would commit to for the remainder of 2012.  We were overwhelmed by the number of responses on Facebook.  It inspired teachers to use the concept in their classrooms and managers to use it with their teams.  If you missed last week's post, here's the link.

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday!  He was passionate about his fight for equality.  On Friday I had the opportunity to see history being made when I traveled to Jacksonville to witness the first African American mayor welcome Dr. Martin Luther King's youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King.  Her message was thought provoking and stirred me to write today's post.  She simply asked each of the 2400 attendees, "why can't we?"  She was blessed to grow up in a home where her mother and father remained committed to servant leadership.  They recognized that they would only travel to the promiseland of equality by uniting together and working for a common cause. 

"Why can't we?" 

With all of our scientific and technological advances, "why can't we" set aside differences for the betterment of all people?  She suggested that it is due to rugged individualism.  In a year when we prepare to select a candidate for President, the divide between party lines couldn't be more evident.  We must work together.  As much as it sounds like a cliche, laboring together toward a common goal is vital to our success as a nation. 

It can't be completed by just one person

If you feel that we haven't realized the dream that Dr. King spoke about in the 60's, could it be that we are the reason why?  What are we committed to?  Here's a poignant statement from Friday's message, "if you haven't found something worth dying for, you are not fit to live."  It doesn't have to be a physical death.  Maybe it's the demise of a prejudice mindset or to hindrances and disruptions that are meant to derail our forward movement.

God chose Dr. Martin Luther King to prick our conscience.  He would want us to know that we ALL have a responsibility to change a nation and it starts within.  (Posted by Renee)

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