Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin and Mantra Monday

Happy MLK Jr. day. Martin's birthday celebrated today is especially deep for me with Barack's swearing in as President tomorrow. Of course, we all know about Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech I Have A Dream and The March on Washington. What a lot of people don't know, is the idea of The March originated in 1941 from A. Philip Randolph. A.Philip,who was the founder of The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, wanted to unite Black workers to protest low paying jobs in factories all over the country. What halted the March is President Roosevelt who signed an order to stop discrimination in defense factories in the US.

In 1963, Martin along with many others picked up where A. Philip left off. I think what this piece of history says to me is two things: a community united can do so much; also, it takes the courage of one person to rise up and lead the way.

One person can make a difference, never forget that! Wherever you are reading this, know you can be the one to change things where you are. Yes, I mean you. At first, you might be stepping out alone, before you know it there is a whole community of like minded people right beside you.

Speaking of leading wonderful change, I've joined Jennlui's Mantra Monday movement. Here is my Mantra for this week. The artwork is all mine and wabi sabi wonderful. Check out her blog to see all the other cool participants.




Sweet dreams to you all.

7 comments:

Lady Prism said...

That's how I actually see you, "luminous."

You know, the "I have A Dream " speech speaks of a universal dream every citizen carries in his/her heart.So much so that our students here are also made to memorize during speech classes. Whenever there is a declamation contest, that piece is sure to be used.In fact,a student i coached bagged an award for delivering that speech.

I will be watching the inauguration on Tv:>

Caroline said...

As my day is ending I have reflected on the great man that lead us to this point and another great man that will lead us into the future. Finally, I am feeling so hopeful for our future. Shine on :)

Serena said...

Wonderful mantra, Shell!

I feel more positive knowing that Obama is now President and I'm hopeful that he will bring positive changes.

Sacred Suzie said...

You are a luminous being! I love the art and your illustration of you. Beautiful my friend!

mermaid musings said...

i love those brown eyes in your drawing.

Her Speak said...

I love seeing your artwork! Wonderful card--Shine on!:)

I'm watching the inauguration and Obama just became president!! Hooray!!

Much Joy~*
Molly

Sarah said...

You are! Just popped in to say happy historical day!