Sunday, January 17, 2010
I spent all day Friday talking with each of my 7th grade English Language Arts classes about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was during that lesson, by the way, that I discovered the secret to education. Everyone asks what's the key to making children attentive, expressive, and even tame. I found it...but I'm not willing to share it yet. Maybe soon! Trust me; it's worth paying me for!
Back on topic...
It was a joy to engage in classroom conversation about the legacy of Dr. King, his life, his dream, and his sacrifice. Students opened up about what he means to them, what he sought to accomplish, and whether his dream has become a reality. Adults can learn a lot simply by listening to the young.
I tell you now exactly what I told my students Friday: "Monday, when you're enjoying your day off, remember a man paid for that day off with his very life."
Dr. King seemed to know that he would not live to see everything unfold that he had fought for. He fought anyway. He seemed to know that his cry for freedom would cost him everything. He cried out anyway. May we ever continue the work that he poured himself into.
A few minutes ago, Governor Palin also discussed Dr. King via Facebook:
Tomorrow, America honors the memory of one of our greatest – Martin Luther King, Jr. He used his gifts and talents in selfless, mighty ways to mobilize efforts against racial discrimination and is deserving of our honor.
Please take a moment to tell your children about this great man. He fought for liberty and equality because he knew they were God-given and he knew that no government should be empowered to thwart our freedom. King summarized his mission when stating that no one should be judged based on skin color, but by the content of one's character.
Seeming to have a foreboding notion of how quickly life passes, he did not waste time on pettiness. He believed that “the quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
May our children follow in the footsteps of giants like King, who sincerely respected equality.
- Sarah Palin
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK
She also tweeted:
On MLK Day,remembr his selfless,faithful efforts 2 destroy racial walls."Faith is taking 1st step even when u don't see the staircase"-MLKjr
I remember when Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday. I also remember this song that celebrated it. Listen...