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Do You Really Know Martin Luther King, Jr.?

20 Jan

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Drake Baer wrote a wonderful article for Fast Company on Martin Luther King, Jr.In the article he relates an incident that happened on a bus when MLK was a young boy. I am glad that he took the anger he felt at the system and used it to make the world a better place. But there is still so much work to be done.

Here is an excerpt:

From his autobiography, we can see that Dr. King developed emotional agility from a young age. Like in this anecdote from 1943:

When I was 14, I traveled from Atlanta to Dublin, Georgia with a dear teacher of mine, Mrs. Bradley (to) participate in an oratorical contest.  We were on a bus returning to Atlanta. Along the way, some white passengers boarded the bus, and the white driver ordered us to get up and give the whites our seats. We didn’t move quickly enough to suit him, so he began cursing us. I intended to stay right in that seat, but Mrs. Bradley urged me up, saying we had to obey the law. We stood up in the aisle for 90 miles to Atlanta. That night will never leave my memory. It was the angriest I have ever been in my life.

To read the full article:

4 Little-Known Reasons Martin Luther King Was An Amazing Leader, Human

 

Life Is In the Hair: A short documentary on dreadlocks and life

6 Jan

 

This is a wonderful documentary by Richard K. Lakpassa. It discusses why some people choose dreads and how it makes them feel. The film discusses some of the prejudices and stereotypes that they have faced. Richard K. Lakpassa has put together a very honest and thought provoking story.

Please leave a comment and let us know hoe your dreadlocks have impacted your life. Do you feel free and unique? Do you feel that you are sometimes judged in a negative way because of your hair? Did you choose to wear dreadlocks because you like the style or was there a spiritual, political or historical motivation? We would love to hear your story.

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Smile! It Makes a Difference!

2 Dec

So often we get so busy, stressed and aggravated as we go through our day we forget to smile. Pretty soon it can become a habit to not smile.
Smile more today. It sounds like a simple request but it can have a powerful impact on you and everyone around you. Maybe you will be the only person to smile at someone today and that may brighten thier day.


Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling


The Amazing and Timeless Louis Armstrong – When You’re Smiling

 

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”

― Maya Angelou

“Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other- it doesn’t matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other.”
― Mother Teresa

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