Daily Inspiration #114: Martin Luther King Jr.
MSNBC has a great article about people reflecting upon Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy –
This is my favorite story from Jane Martin in Honesdale, PA:
“As a little girl in the ’60s, I remember vividly MLK on television. My mother, a feminist and a writer for the Buffalo Evening News, wrote voracious letters to the editor expressing her passion and support for this deeply courageous and obviously spiritual man. My brother, 14 years older than I and also a writer, wrote his letters to the editor to voice his support for the civil rights movement. In a small town in western New York, with not many blacks in my community except for one family of which the two boys were my age and my friends, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. “How could people treat each other unequally?” I thought. My mother, for her outspokenness, received hate letters in the mail from local people in our community. This scared me. I watched adults in heated passion fight for what they felt was right.
I learned from this experience how important it is to stand up for what you believe in and voice your opinions. Sometimes you have to fight for what is right because it’s not handed to you. As a white woman, I can relate to the blacks’ fight for equality. My mother, too, taught me to fight for women everywhere. She was feisty, and she was smart. And she didn’t take a back seat to any man. I am so grateful for that.
I am a strong, independent and educated woman in my 50s now, and her spirit and the spirit of MLK fill me even now with inspiration and strength whenever I need it. I pass it on to my daughters and son, who are just like me in that regard. I am pleased. By the way, my father always supported my mother’s efforts. He was not a writer, but he stood by her steadfastly. He was the steady rock. My mother was the passion.”