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Happy Martin Luther King Day! January 16, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Holidays.
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On Facebook today, my sister posted this story about my 4-year-old niece Zoey:

Yesterday, Zo was going around singing Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and she asked me, “Is that true in the real world — that it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white?” So I told her, “Of course it’s true. It doesn’t matter what someone looks like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Her response was, “Oh good, Mommy, because I’m pink!”

So I made this smiley face today — an edit of this website’s logo — for her.

There can be no better illustration of the huge, huge benefits afforded us by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the men and women who marched alongside him not only to improve civil rights in our country but also to generaly improve our attitudes toward each other as fellow human beings. We see examples every day of the ways in which we have not yet achieved a post-racial world, but when we see each successive future generation let go of a few more prejudices and embrace a fuller understanding of humanity, we see the dream of Dr. King playing out before our eyes. And we are reminded, too, of why we must continue Dr. King’s legacy, that King’s most quoted line from his most quoted speech refers not to himself or his fellow men and women, but to his children: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

So many of us continue to embrace this dream, but moments like this between my sister and her young daughter remind me that it will be our children who fulfill that dream — are fulfilling it even now.

Today is a day for reflection and for action, but it is also a day for happiness. So a very, very happy Martin Luther King Day to all of you.

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