Pull up a chair, get cozy and savor the flavor of a blueberry muffin as you listen to a snippet of a conversation with teens.Today is a federal holiday in the U.S. It’s the celebration of the birthday of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is most known to youth and others for his famous, I Have a Dream speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A recent trip to the International Auto Show for my boys, led to our discussion about Dr. King. Prior to the trip one son asked, “Is there anything to do at the auto show besides look at cars you might not be able to afford?”His brother responded with, “You can always dream, Martin Luther King had a dream.”
Although both boys knew Dr. King’s dream speech held more substance than just dreaming of material things, we began a conversation about accomplishments and dreams. They even learned a little family history about how my mom marched a few rows behind Dr. King during his march on Frankfurt. She was attending college at Kentucky State at the time.
When our discussion ended I searched for more information about Dr. King. Below are quotes I came across, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.”
OPTIMSM“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Everybody can be great… Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and soul generated by love.”
HARD WORK“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michael Angelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
For more inspirational quotes by Dr. King click here.
What is inspiring you today?