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For the Love of King

In Family, Relationships on January 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method, which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We give thanks and honor to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   For the life he lived and the service he gave to our country, he has left a true legacy that we all can admire and want to follow.  While we, as a country, have come a long way in living his “dream”, I think most would agree that for each step that we have taken, we have also and unfortunately taken at least two steps back.  In one step we’ve made a significant stride in history to elect our first African-American president, Barack Obama.  Over the last four years, however, of his presidency, we’ve also stood witness to the most racist and disrespectful rants that any president has had to face.  It is true that many presidents have had to face public outcry and backlash that challenge their decisions and policies.  (This will and always will be the game of politics).  But, no president has had to withstand racial slurs, be compared to a monkey and had to face congressional opposition that seems to defy the rationale of rising up a nation in pursuit of the consistent, historical standards of hatred, bigotry and disgust.  Mind you, this article isn’t a political rant of who’s right and who’s wrong but merely exemplifies the comings and goings of a nation who has seemingly divided the goals of Dr. King.  No matter your political party affiliation, beliefs or votes, no one can say with sincere honesty that we’ve reached “the mountaintop” with race relations in our country.

We’ve also taken a significant stride forward with the women who have taken positions of power in our nation.  Women such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice are just a few of the most recent women whom I believe lives the legacy of Dr. King.  I think he would be proud that such opportunities were given to these women despite their gender, their race or both.  Again, regardless of what people think of these women personally or politically, their mark in our history can never be underestimated or overlooked.  And, in keeping the message consistent in providing a counter to what these women have given to our country, you can turn on ANY television channel today to see the “two steps back” for women.  Nene Leakes, however, pretty much says it all.

Again, this article isn’t about politics.  It’s about the strides that our nation has taken to live out the legacy and life of Dr. King.  If he were alive today, what would he have to say about the state of our nation?  Again, I think he would take a breath of exhilaration and smile proudly on one hand.  There are many aspects of this nation that are unbelievably great compared to that of almost 45 years ago.  On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that he would agree that there is much more work to be done as injustice still continues to prevail and scorch this great nation.  And, “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we move forward in our 2012 Resolution to start our “12 for 12 Love Revolution”, I encourage everyone to take the time to continue the legacy and love of Dr. King.  Find a reason to “reject revenge, aggression and retaliation” for acts of faith, devotion and love.  Seek meditation, understanding and the lesson God is trying to show you when things may not go right, seem unfair or unjust.  Although this is easier said than done, it is not impossible to seek or achieve.  Believe me, I, myself have had the love, the faith and the “King” tested in various forms throughout my life.  But, during those times, it has been my faith and my self-respecting love that has allowed me to abide by the principles and life of Dr. King and push through to  “let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”  Thus, I try to live life and serve as the symbol of strength that only a woman of faith could endure.  And, so, in continuing in the legacy of Dr. King’s love, I leave you with this last quote that may help you stand strong when facing those who may challenge your spirit of humanity.  Remember his words and follow in your own faith with your heart.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

May will all continue in the legacy of Dr. King with unconditional love.

Dr. King.  Thank you.  That’s What’s Up!

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