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Subject: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date Posted: 1/19/2009 1:40 PM ET
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Are you or did you celebrate the life of Dr. King today? Have you participated in programs in the past?

What does this day mean to you? Any memories you'd like to share?

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 4:55 PM ET
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In 2000, my youth group went to Indianola, Mississippi for a week long service project.  We were working in tandem with a youth group from a predominantly black local church, building and repairing houses in the community.  We were there for Martin Luther King day and went to church with them the Sunday before.  I made so many great friends that week, and we still send each other cards and care packages on MLK day to commemorate our work together. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 8:03 PM ET
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Very cool. Thanks.

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 4:27 PM ET
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Did you see the special on Logo about Bayard Ruskin, the gay MLK advisor that you almost never hear about?

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Ruskin

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 9:25 AM ET
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The only events we have here is a local parade... and unfortunantly, my family and i were harrassed for being there. i think a lot of the local black community has suffered at the hands of the good ole boy network down here. so i certainly understand their reactions to white folks attending. but now, they know it isnt to make fun of, or harrass...it is in total support.

we try to live life as MLK would have... loving people with an open mind...teachin our kids with an open heart.... and day in and day out, we have to fight for what we believe and for those we support. and often times it is the black community itself that we must fight. our children have been harrassed and bullied at school by black kids because Obama won and they assume that because we are white that we didnt vote that way as well... which they are sorely mistaken. our 15 year old son in fact, got in a verbal altercation with a young black gentleman in his grade. our son asked him if he even knew what Obama's platforms were...where did he stand on abortion, etc. the young man had no idea... so our son explained those things to him...and ended the discussion with..."Just because i am white, does not mean i am prejudice nor does it mean my family is. i have respect for you just like i want you to have for me.".... and since that, things have been more settled... and word seems to have gotten around town quickly.

now we are more welcome to attend venues that support African American pride and civil rights. and...i think it is th emost wonderful feelin in the world. and too bad we dont live in a larger area where we can do more.

 

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 11:15 AM ET
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Kristi,

It is sad the assumptions we can make of one of another. I am glad to hear your son spoke up and glad the community changed their attitude and behavior. We can't allow bad experiences and stereotypes to keep us from trying.

I know we, blacks can be prejudice. I understand it but I don't excuse it. And like you, I am raising my children and living a life of example that we can fulfill Dr. King's dream.

We can dismantle the walls and distrust every time we encounter someone who clings to fear and prejudice. People are changed by how we treat them, by giving them a different experience when they interact with us. I think it is time to stop underestimating our personal power to change the world.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 12:27 PM ET
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amen sister.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 7:03 PM ET
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The kids and I have been studying MLKJ all week at school. It has been fun. I had them analyze his Dream speech and they have been reciting parts of it. Fun stuff! I have learned so much since he lived long before I was born. I am more interested in learning even more to get ready to teach next year.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 10:46 PM ET
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I spent that day working on a local legal service project, for whatever that's worth.



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Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:05 PM ET
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We've been reading his bio at school all week.  I was out of town so I didn't attend any events.  My son's teacher had a major project going on all week as well.  All the kids are really into it.