Monday, January 18, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mary Deiter

Today would have marked my grandmother's 87th birthday. Her funeral was actually on this day in 1994. People say that the grief of losing a loved one gets easier as time passes...I'm not so sure I agree with that statement. I am not completely inconsolable anymore BUT there isn't a day that doesn't pass that I don't wish to see her. I especially would have loved if Bob and the boys had a chance to know her. She was amazing. SHE HAD A PASSION FOR HER FAMILY and a MORAL COMPASS LIKE NO OTHER.

So, you might ask how this connects her to Dr. King, Jr. Today is the observation of his holiday. This is a holiday that in my school district goes unnoticed and it unnerves me. As I was talking with a colleague today about Martin Luther King, Jr., I realized that he shared PASSION and RIGHTEOUSNESS with my dear grandmother. He believed in passive resistance and nonviolence to answer the transgressions of others. He believed that U.S. citizens should rise up and follow their moral compasses to help each other and to recognize atrocities as they are handed out by others who have respect for no one.

I asked my colleague, "Who will inspire us like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?" Unfortunately, he didn't have an answer. The answer isn't Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Hannity, Lady Gaga, any politician, movie star, obligatory rich celebrity, etc. WHO WILL BE THE NEXT GREAT INSPIRATION? We are a few generations of slight apathy. It hurts to think about it...truly.

Today, my grandmother and Dr. King, Jr. share a day. However, they shared similar attributes that are intangibles. As my grandmother rose up and led the family. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took this country by storm to the lead a nation-even those who refused the reason. As I self-reflect, I hope SOMEONE HAS A DREAM for us all.

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