Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin's Message

One person can make a difference.  One person's positive actions and words can inspire and ignite others to join together for the common good.  It has happened many times and will continue to happen.  On this day we remember, learn about and honor a shining example of this, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I love quotes and have been inspired by many of Dr. King's quotes.  My favorites:

* It is always the right time to do the right thing.
* Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
* If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
* Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?".    

The last quote, in my opinion, is what this holiday should be all about.  Reflecting on all you are thankful and grateful for and then reaching out to help others for the common good.

So look in your local newspaper or online for MLK happenings today and, at the very least, take the time to watch his famous I Have a Dream... speech. 
Click here to view the speech in its entirety.

Times have changed but his underlying message is the same, treat everyone equally regardless of attribute.  We as teachers lead by example and explicitly teach it.  This message needs to live on every day, not just on the third Monday in January.  Here's a kid friendly way to teach and inspire Martin's message.
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