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Monday, January 15, 2007

A Life, January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

Years ago, I visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis which is now the National Civil Rights Museum. Here, while he was organizing against the Vietnam War and working for the poor, Dr. Martin Luther King’s life was ended. Hotel room 306 is furnished as it would have been when he left it. Today we remember not his death, but his birth.

The media gives us small, selected glimpses of his life. There are the well-known speeches and marches. I want to remember the spirit of responsibility--to work for peace, to enfranchise the poor--the core of what Dr. King taught us.

Because I work with artisans and farmers in developing countries, I did a quick Google search to see what Dr. King said about international poverty. Here's what I found...

He said, the global west was "investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries."

Economic unbalance has resulted in parents who cannot provide for their children, people who do not receive basic health care, and so much more.

Today I will continue in my own small way to economically empower those in poverty in the developing world.

What will you do today to carry on his legacy? It can be as simple as writing a check or a letter, or telling your friends and acquaintances what you really think about something that will make the world a better place.

10 Comments:

Blogger Rebekah said...

Wow,

6:37 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Got cut off there.

I was about to say what a challenge you just passed on to us. Could it be why it's so quiet?

The students in my classrooms don't always realize there's more out there than what they know. Most are from middle-income or even wealthy homes.

Yeah yeah, they know about MLK, and civil rights and all, but that was in the 60's... everything's cool now.

Uh huh.

We start reading Diary of Anne Frank next week... the discussions we'll have...

I do what I can.

6:41 PM  
Blogger meno said...

I feel shy about telling about my specific donating habits. But as i have gotten more money in my life, i am in the lucky position of being able to share it with those not as lucky.
I have been listening to public radio all day, and am loving the MLK history lessons i'm hearing.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I read quite a bit about him some time back... and know that he was a true revolutionary. The statement he made about the developing countries is right on.. Of course, he was called "a communist" for stating the truth and was subjected to endless FBI harassment.

As for what I'll do today? I'm not much for holiday memorials and such. :)


Peace,


~Chani

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Lovely post, being a working day I could not do a lot but reminisce about Dr. King. It also brought to my mind the person who inspired him.. Gandhi.
Some of my monthly donation goes to a charity that would help with causes that he cared about.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

I wanted to say I will also march against the Iraq war on Jan 27th in DC.

8:23 PM  
Blogger jen said...

sister. you know I love this.

I will continue to support the AIDS orphanage in Cambodia. I will continue to subsidize education for kids in Belize. And I promise you this: when we are in El Salvador I will find an organization doing the work, and I will support them to. Thank you, Lucia, for being a beacon of truth and a voice for the countries many don't consider.

xo

11:29 PM  
Blogger QT said...

I am an "every paycheck" giver too - to causes here in WI and abroad. But it is worthwhile to stop and think about a person who made such a difference.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Imagine how different the world would be if he'd never been shot. We need more like him.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Very nice post Lucia. Happy birthday MLK!

Since I believe that the best acts of charity are those we do and then keep to ourselves (otherwise it may sound like bragging), that's what I did yesterday and will continue doing.

9:44 AM  

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