Today we honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In a nice stroke of synchronicity we also honor the inauguration of President Barack Obama to his second term of office, so many of us feeling pride in the first man with African-American heritage to be elected president of the United States. We are grateful for the work of Dr. King and the civil rights movement of the 1960s in laying the groundwork for this extraordinary day. It’s been a long road, and one which we are still traveling.
In 1999, I lettered this quotation by King for the Heart to Heart calendar, of which I have written elsewhere in these journal posts. His question often rings in my mind: What are you doing for others? I share it with you today with a full heart, and the hope that maybe we are finally learning how to get along with each other, help each other, and love each other.
Thanks for sharing these inspirational words of Dr. King and for being a good ambassador/calligrapher for a more peaceful planet.
Really beautifully done. Love the color choice, that clear pure blue — makes me think of “October’s bright blue weather“.
Thank you, Michele! I too loved this blue. When I contribute artwork every year for the Heart to Heart calendar, it is always in black. The editor chooses two colors for each year’s design, and she is the one who chose the blue in this case. Love the October poem!