A Day of Service

Today is a day of service.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died in service to people like me that were once not allowed to sit in the same classroom as individuals that were of another race, drink from the same drinking fountains, and walk through the same doors.  The impact of his life, those ripple effects are still being felt to this day and his legacy lives on.  Last February, I had the wonderful opportunity to walk from my hotel in DC over to his monument.  There he stood tall as I imagined he did the day he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial overlooking the Reflecting Pool.  I don’t need to write what his sacrifice means to me, you can just imagine.  I’m an African-American woman raised in rural South Carolina.  Were it not for his tireless efforts and those like him for equality, we would still be sitting at the back of the bus.  So I decided today is a day of sharing.  The photographs in this post are mine.  They were taken with my iPhone and I advise anyone that has not traveled to DC to see his monument or any of the monuments, go, they are free to tour.  Just standing at the base of this statue gave me chills and filled me with a sense of gratitude.  I am thankful for Dr. King and Rosa Parks and Medgar Evers for their sacrifices for people like me.  Thank you sometimes does not feel like it’s quite enough.  Today again is a day of service, go out and do something to help someone else to honor the sacrifice and service that was so graciously bestowed upon us.

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2 thoughts on “A Day of Service

  1. Great post and beautiful photos. I will be watching the “I Have a Dream” speech with my son this morning.and discussing with him that while the overt racism of the past may be significantly reduced, unconscious biases and stereotypes still permeate our culture, and it is his generation, along with mine, that is tasked with the challenge of eliminating that kind of racism. With inspiration from Dr. King, we will prevail.

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