Today we're celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, yet many of us are preoccupied with the Trump Slump due to the upcoming inauguration. "Allowing ourselves to subsumed with hate and anger is utterly contradictory to King's spirit." Keep in mind, "he built ties with rabbis, white union leaders and black gang members, even traveling to India and Africa to forge relationships."He was more than a black civil rights leader. He was a human rights leader. "He had a genuine spiritual core in which all souls were the same," says historian John Baick.
"Love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe."
If his tender heart wasn't enough to inspire you then let's reflect on his tough mind. Many associate inspirational, kind, and a dreamer with the name MLK Jr.. But the word tough tends to get loss in the mix. Let us be reminded how relentless he was. He was jailed 14 times, stabbed once in the chest, beaten at least twice in public. His home was bombed, he received constant death threats, and there's evidence that suggests the FBI even tried to get him to commit suicide by threatening to send his wife audiotapes of his extramarital trysts. Yet he never abandoned his activism. He often worked 20-hour days and gave up to 450 speeches a year - CNN.
"Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality."
So while many of us feel like giving up on politics now that Donald Trump is preparing to take the highest office think about toughening up instead. Remind yourself of the stamina and resilience of Dr. King and other foot soldiers who joined forces to make a difference. "We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to co-operate with that system, and hereby to become a participant in its evil." Now is the time to unite among one another, for one another.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.