January 18, 2010

One day a better place

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I've been watching PBS ALL DAY - The Eyes on the Prize series. It's been so long since I've seen it; in fact the very first and last time that I saw this series was as a first year law student at the great Howard Law. As I watch I am reminded of the intense struggles that Black people endured in the fight for equality. I am inspired, as I was 11 years ago, to fight to make sure that the world does not see such struggle again; to make sure that princess doesn't have to live in a world like that. I ponder about the city of Washington DC and I am very saddened by the fact that there is still so much inequality and then I think about the images of Haiti and the suffering that I know is occurring; there is still so much work yet to be done.

Figuring out your place in this world is not an easy task; even as a grown lady, I still don't quite know what my role is. All I can do is hope that I will be able to make it a better place.

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teachmama said...

One of the things I think we can do is to continue to show our students--even our little ones--great pieces like 'The Eyes on the Prize.' I showed parts of it every single year I taught 10th grade during the speech and language unit when I taught English and tried to fit pieces in here and there for the 9th grade, too.

Krystal Grant said...

Eyes on the Prize is such a fantastic series. As an African American Studies minor at USC, and now a teacher, I've watch the series numerous times. I am in amazement of the struggles people experienced such a short time ago in America. Where would we be without all the freedom fighters?

Peter and Nancy said...

There a great picture book about him that your princess might like. It's called "Martin's Big Words," written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier. It starts with MLK as a boy, and continues through his life and work, and deals sensitively with his death. It also includes short quotations from his speeches. We just love it.

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