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.