Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was okay, busy with family visiting and planning for student teaching. I was super excited to hear all the results of the Golden Globes – totally pumped about Glee’s wins and The Social Network getting Best Drama!
I’m a huge fan of three-day weekends. I’m also a huge fan of history, and as a future social studies teacher, I would be remiss if I didn’t take some time today to reflect on the life of the man this day is honoring – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Today is the 25th anniversary of this federal holiday!)
I’ve always thought MLK was an amazing man. In History Club in high school (yes, I was in History Club…or may have co-founded it…), I nominated him for the most influential American who was never president. I would still argue that claim today. He was an extraordinary man who did extraordinary things. Yes, there are some allegations regarding MLK’s personal life that are disappointing/negative in nature, but I don’t feel they should deter people from recognizing and honoring MLK for his astounding and important legacy.
At my college, the office of service learning organizes the MLK Day of Service every year. The motto is usually something like, “Make it a day on instead of a day off.” I think it’s a wonderful example of how MLK inspires people to take initiative and make a difference in their communities.
I’m going to wrap up with a favorite MLK quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope you have a great day today : )