TODAY is MLK Day. The day we honor and remember a great man in our nation's history.
A man who lived, fought and died for the freedom of African Americans and all people.
TODAY I celebrate this man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy I'd like to share a few more things that have happened TODAY.
TODAY I sat on a pew in one of Franklin, Tennessee's historic African American churches and listened to some amazing gospel music and powerful testimonials.
TODAY I stood up in that pew and applauded the spoken word shared and raised my hands to some soul-stirring songs like God is and Every Praise.
TODAY I marched with my husband, my children and a large group of people through the streets of Franklin. A mixed group full of black folks, white folks, Latino folks and native American folks.
TODAY we dreamed of unity and justice. The same dreams of Dr. King.
And I also made a really fun discovery...
TODAY I found a school assignment I'd written on January 17, 1984 when I was a freshman in high school.
Here's a pic of cover page of that assignment (apparently before I began using a desktop computer).
And here's a pic that I shared of my family in that assignment. In the summer of 1976 my entire family - parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins - traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to visit Dr. King's gravesite and the Center for Social Change. (I'm the second kid on the left)
TODAY I read the concluding paragraph of this assignment:
Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered on April 4, 1968, but his teachings and beliefs will live on. Late last year, President Reagan signed a bill making his birthday a national holiday. Now, hopefully, all children of all colors will know that school isn't out on January 15 so they can catch up on their sleep, but to celebrate the birthday of a great man in history, Martin Luther King, Jr.