"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Today Jan.15, 2013 is Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr's birthday. Although I am not old enough to remember when he was murdered, I have always admired and celebrated his contribution to this country. He was a true icon for all people in my eyes.
While on my way to run some errands today, I overheard a radio personality say that he had interviewed Dr. King's wife Mrs. Coretta Scott-King once. He asked her how did it feel to willingly sacrifice her husband, to be ok with him hardly being home with his family fighting for racial equality and calling for the end to injustice. He said her response was: "I know individuals like you were coming. I knew that the sacrifices we were making would not only affect individuals then, but future generations to come."
That just blew me away... the will and the might of individuals like the Kings inspire me. They saw the bigger picture, and yeah I'm sure it wasn't easy fielding death threats and being spit on or doused with water from fire hoses. I can't even fathom the atrocities they faced. Even though I have had my share of racist incidents growing up in Charleston, SC. I know what it feels like to be denied service because of my skin color, or to have a client blatantly refuse a massage from me because I was black. And yes I have been called the "N" word a few too many times that I dare to remember.
It all makes me wonder, has the dream that Dr. King invoked still a premonition. When will his words actually come to life? Yes, we have come a mighty long way...we even have a African-American/Mulatto president of america....but we also have had over 506 deaths in Chicago alone of black and brown men, women and children. Will we as a nation ever look beyond color? Is Dr.King just a dreamer? or will we one day honor him with something greater than streets named after him in the ghettos of america and a way overdue monument in DC.
I too pray that one day we as a global nation will actualize his dream....until then I will keep hope alive. Happy birthday Dr. King... thank you for your greatness... your birthday is more than just a day off to me.
LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier is a multi-passionate women's holistic health coach, who is dedicated to helping women overcome issues with their womb. As a uterine cancer survivor and a woman living with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) she knows first hand how important holistic health is in helping women to heal themselves. This blog chronicles her health journey as well as provide tip and tools for others to utilize on their holistic health path.