Martin Luther King Day: Remembering That One World Is Enough to Share

quote on Martin Luther King Memorial wall

New generation delivering message on importance of civil rights

I’ve passed on to my children my passion for American ideals such as justice. This picture was taken on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. at the Martin Luther King memorial. It’s been my Facebook cover picture for the past few months, inspiring me to remain tranquil in the midst of a battle.

"Vote?" drama by Eric CobleA couple months ago my son participated in a drama presentation at the community college. The play depicted the history of hard-won rights to vote from women’s suffrage through Martin Luther King called (“Vote?” by Eric Coble). Tiger, a football playing fifteen year old, enjoyed playing “Patrick,” the aide to Dr. King. Mom was proud and moved to tears. I found a short YouTube video with some excerpts of “Vote?” by a different theatre group.

 

Words from the Reverend Dr. King

Many of his words conveyed that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not afraid of the consequences of his actions, but of the consequences of not acting in the presence of injustice. I hope you will take a moment to contemplate the words of Dr. King from The Strength to Love: “This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts:

‘Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered.
There was no one there.
’”

Modern prophet of reconciliation

Last week I rode to Tampa with my kids to see one of my most favorite artists, TobyMac. Known by some as a Christian hip-hop artist because his of musical roots like Curtis Blow and Sugarhill Gang, Toby has dedicated most of his career to themes of racial reconciliation, even creating a non-profit called E.R.A.C.E., discussed in the middle of this interview. Toby has also written several books, including one about Christian harmony.

Lyrics from One World by TobyMac

Come as you are
Come just like you be
It’s the bumps and curves of our history
But no blocks in the road that we can’t traverse
And no wounds from the past that can’t be nursed

All hate gonna dissipate from our fate
No check, together we got a checkmate
All hate gonna dissipate and fade away
To make room for a brand new day

We got one world ’til its time to fly
We got so it’s one love ’til we say goodbye
We got one world its enough to share
‘Til the King calls us home and we’re caught up in the air

We got one world
I’ll look out for you, you look out for me
One world
Together we can be perfect harmony
One world
I’ll look out for you, you look out for me
One world
And I’m a dedicate this song to everyone of God’s children

One world oughta be more than enough
And if its not, is God looking in pure disgust?
Wondering what the dilly with the silly I see?
When I made each of these in the image of me
Everyday is a chance for a new stance
Like every song is the beginning of a new dance
And every one of us was made to reflect the light…

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Kelly Young

Kelly Young is an advocate providing ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. Through her writing, speaking, and use of social media, she is building a more accurate awareness of Rheumatoid disease aka Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creating ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and bringing recognition and visibility to the Rheumatoid patient journey. In 2009, Kelly created Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, a comprehensive website about RA of about 950 pages and writes periodically for other newsletters and websites. Kelly served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. There are over 42,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook Fan page. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is the mother of five, a home-schooler, Bible teacher, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. You can also connect with Kelly by on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She has lived over nine years with unrelenting Rheumatoid disease. See also http://www.rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

4 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Day: Remembering That One World Is Enough to Share

  • January 21, 2013 at 9:39 am
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    Hi! I have been reading your inspirational blog for nearly a year and I wanted to let you know as an African-American woman diagnosed with this horrific disease you have given me so much hope. I love reading about your honesty because it is also my experience as well so its like you are giving voice to my struggle as well. Thank you for honoring Dr. King today I am so touched by your inspirational thoughts. I think we are living examples of what Dr. King truly wanted as Black children and White children coming together. I also wanted to let your precious son know that I am a member of the original Hip Hop generation and I love his passion regarding Hip Hop music. Thank you for this blog you are an awesome teacher and a real blessing to all of us. May God bless you and your family.

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    • January 21, 2013 at 9:49 am
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      aww, thank you Latricia. Your words made me feel so much better with what I’m struggling with today.

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  • January 21, 2013 at 10:21 am
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    There are so many messages of hate, intolerance and division out there and it’s so important to do what you can to speak of love and unity. Thanks for quoting that song. I’ll be using that.

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