Monday, January 21, 2013

Dear Martin Luther King, Jr.

(This post was first seen, on this blog, on 1/17/2011).

I was inspired by you the very first time I learned who you were. I was intrigued by the fact that you had a dream and decided to share it with the world, even though you knew that so many would hate you for it.

I use to imagine having a dream that would change the world. I use to wonder, would I share it with millions, even if I believed I would be killed for it? Would I have the courage to stand in front of those who hated me, to stand up for what I believed in?

I always answered no. I was not strong enough. I couldn't be hated. I couldn't be killed.

As a young girl, I didn't realize just how much your dream made my world shine brighter. I was given the chance to live without hating the color of my skin. Given the chance to go to school with all races and never forced to sit at the back of the bus. I was given the chance to know that water fountains at school was for everyone.

Because of you, I can love my husband in broad daylight and he can love me in return. I can't imagine you not sharing your dream. If you hadn't, where would I be? Where would Sean be? We might not be together.

So now I answer yes. I am strong enough. I can be hated. I can be killed. If my dream could make this world a better place, it is my duty to share it.

Today, I am thankful for your dream, for your message, for your sacrifice. You did not die in vain.

Happy Birthday Mr. King. May your dream live on.

40 comments:

Kathy C. said...

Love!

Adrienne said...

This is amazing!!!!!!

I literally got goosebumps!

You are so right about everything in here!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MLK!!!! You were an amazing man who still lives through all of us to this day.

Angela said...

Love love love this, beautifully written Faith!!
Happy Birthday Mr MLK Jr

Xx

Georgina Castellucci said...

Aww I love this and love how you relate it to your wonderful love story and marriage! xo

Sunkissed and Southern said...

aww that is really sweet.

Katie said...

beautiful!!

Law_Fal said...

I love this post. Such powerful words.

Nancy said...

Amazing post, Faith!

Brittany said...

beautiful! he was truly a pioneer and deserves to be honored, just like this!

Tenecia said...

Amen!

T.

YeamieWaffles said...

Have to join you in saying a massive Happy Birthday to the innovator, visionary and all round gentleman that was Martin Luther King. I adore this post Faith, like you say there's no way the wonderful man died in vain, vile that he was killed for his morally correct religious beliefs too.

YeamieWaffles said...

Sorry not religious, morally correct morals I meant. Nothing he did was wrong or deserved murder.

love jenny xoxo said...

great post!! Happy MLK Day :)

XOXO

Mrs. H said...

Happy birthday to a man who has paved the way for many, dared to dream when many were too afraid and dared to speak out when so many had no voice. Its very fitting that today BO is inaugurated for a second term....on this day....MLK day.

Big World, Bigger Dreams said...

This is absolutely beautiful!

Life with J and J said...

Beautiful!

K&R said...

so beautiful. you are so strong.

K

lori said...

awesome post, lady! and love that picture :)

Kristen said...

SO much love in this!

Ashley R said...

This is beautiful and perfect. <3 I am so glad people like him have paved the way to a better future and I pray I will have the courage to join with those who continue to do the same.

Thanks for this, hope you have a great day!

Whitney Cypert said...

Faith this is just perfect. He did a great thing when he shared his dream!

Kay said...

Wonderful post Faith. I couldn't agree with you more. He was a true visionary who's life was cut short, but who's death was not in vain. The world is not a perfect place, but it is far better place because of Martin Luther King Jr.

Carla said...

This truly brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful post!

Married...with a Pup said...

Perfectly written as always! Happy MLK Day!

Jess said...

This post honestly made me tear up!

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McKenna Ryan said...

I love this post! This is so inspirational. Happy Martin Luther King Day!! xx. McKenna Lou
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Ohhh lovely post!!
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Susannah said...

This is wonderful! I have 6 African brothers and sisters and today is such a reminder of how much had to change in the US for that to be an accepted occurance!

aryan tan said...

love love love...
his sacrifice did not go in vain :)

beautifully written piece

Heather said...

Beautiful post! Dr. King's legacy lives on now and forever.

Cece said...

I Love this. Thanks to him and what he started we have come so far. Still aways to go but such a different and better world then before.

Angie said...

Just Beautiful!

Jessica said...

Well said! This was a beautiful post to read!

Pegster said...

Happy MLK day. So beautifully said. The dream definitely lives on.

ruthy ann said...

beautiful...

Maria said...

This is such a beautiful post! Your words are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
I found you through Whitney's blog.
Have a wonderful day! Xo
Maria

Carolyn said...

Goosebumps. Love you friend!

Mrs JK said...

Awww man, that right there just touched me! Beautiful!

LWLH said...

Such a beautiful post... love it.

Kasey Lynne said...

LOVED this Faith!!
I really enjoy these types of posts from you...it makes me want to give you a BIG hug!!

xo