This is a big day for us each year. We take it seriously; we honor this day; we try to truly take time out to reflect upon the life and symbol of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a role model that we hold up. And there are a lot of other role models that we hold up too. I try to remind the bambinos of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. Each year the day becomes a bit more somber, as they grow older and more capable of handling the more painful information and hearing the challenge which is laid out before them.
Today we spent the morning at the bambinos’ school, participating in a tribute celebration. The focus of the event was “Unsung Heroes: People Behind the Civil Rights Movement,” and we all did a lot of thinking about that topic. (It was a fantastic experience for all five of us.) One truth that we all came away with was the reminder of the reality of the daily grind of the struggle for social justice. Progress is often marked by the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and other momentous markers in time, but in truth progress is pushed forward only because of the constant, grueling, uphill battle, being fought in the trenches of everyday life, by individuals walking the walk and talking the talk, all the time. It is 5-year-olds on the playground, it is 9-year-olds in the lunchroom, it is 40-somethings in classrooms and boardrooms, it is all of us out there in the world and at home — it is all of this and a whole lot more which stands at the core of hope.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I think it is important for us to celebrate how far we’ve come, and also be somber in our reflection of all still to be done, as we pay tribute on this day.
And today I just want to acknowledge that we, as a family, are living out loud as part of our individual commitment to not being silenced. This blog puts us out there, and through that we’re often reminded of what we’re up against. At the same time, this blog — in the most basic sense — is proof in and of itself of just how far we’ve come. I want to just say that I understand all that, and I ‘get it’; I take it seriously, and I am humbled by it; and I appreciate our many, many loyal readers all over the world. Happy MLK Day to everyone who reads here!