Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interrracial Justice, in a crowd. , 08/28/1963 ARC Identifier 542014 / Local Identifier 306-SSM-4C(51)13

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interrracial Justice, in a crowd. , 08/28/1963 ARC Identifier 542014 / Local Identifier 306-SSM-4C(51)13

Sometimes my kids say things that break me, all over again. Walking home from school today with M (7), and D (14)  in tow (she walks with me to get M from school). Her last class was music, so I asked her how it was. She said they were singing a song about a guy, so I took the bait. “Tell me about this guy.” She said “He had a dream that was so good that somebody killed him!” She elaborated “His name was Martin Luther King and he had a dream that everyone should be treated with love and kindness and that nobody’s skin color would matter.”

She continued “Did you know that back in his day everyone had to have everything separate just because of what you looked like? You weren’t even allowed to have parents who were a different color. If we lived then, me and sister would have to keep you guys (Rob and I) a secret!” (I was fighting off a brief mental image of what things would look like if we were trying to live as our family unit in 1964, but also not wanting to explain that non-discrimination in interracial adoption was only codified in 1994, eleven years before she was born!)

M went on to tell me about peaceful protests, and that even if someone is wrong they should be treated with love and kindness because all people are equal and deserve that.

Yes.