Updated: Jan 9, 2021
As January 2021, begins with a fresh new year, month, and thirty-one days, this month always reminds me of the upcoming weeks to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life’s dedication towards human equality and civil rights for people of color. In the year 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in April, and I was born in December. My mother has often told me around the time of Dr. King’s death.
“Black Americans were so heartbroken of his death, it was as if the world had stopped.” I was curious about The 1960s, and the research I found was the highs and lows with the death of John F. Kennedy, the fight for Civil Rights, and President Lyndon Johnson’s determination to make the United States the Great Society by providing programs to help the poor. One of the things I love about the era of the 1960s was their classic style of fashion.
Back in the day of the 1960s, clothes were fitted, neat, and the choice of colors ignited their style. The etiquette in the 1960s, was when you left your house you had to be fashionably presentable. Also for decorating in the home, the tangerine furniture accessories, and the lime green sofa were vibrant signature colors in the homes of the 1960s.
The year 2020, definitely proceeded the 1960’s, but through it all, Dr. King left a legacy in history that would change the lives of generations to come.
Moving Forwarding to 2021, Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech'' resonates with me as if I was transformed through my computer back to 1963, in Washington D.C. soaking up his every word. Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech inspires me to look at 2021, with a new lens of hope towards Social Equality for people of color and women. Dr. King’s I Have A Dream Speech is definitely our Sankofa where the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past, and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.
Side note Our Progress: The People have voted and their voices are heard President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have changed the faces of the President Officers.)
Being Mindful of Dr. Martin L. King’s Dream, I reflect on his vision to serve others. Every third Monday of January, I reflect on how I can demonstrate service to others. Whether I’m serving family or friends, the mission is to serve with a labor of love for others. I’m so grateful to God for giving Dr. King’s ability to define and show us what his purpose and service looked like here on this Earth. To Dr. King, the cost of serving others had no measurement regardless of who you were. He SERVED people and their civil rights!
I often wondered if Dr. King was alive, what would his words of wisdom be for us today?
Although Dr. King’s eloquent sermons and speeches with jargon left us mesmerized, we can still hold true he was our Civil Rights Hero! There is no question in my mind that Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” should always stay alive, and to proceed with action for Change for Social Equality.
The question I propose to you is how will you keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream Alive in 2021?