Whether or not you have this day off, we encourage you to celebrate the life, sacrifice, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our lives are different because of his service. He challenged us to check our motives and open our hearts in the quest for a united country, a United States of America
We can do better. This fight for equity that should lead to equality is hard, messy, and long, but it’s worth it so that we progress and rise together rather than at the expense of others.
We aren’t there yet. Whiteness is seen as the norm. People of color, and the very idea of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society of equals, are brutally targeted because they challenge that norm. Fear creates hate, hate creates fear, and both are silencing and crippling reconciliation, wholeness, and abundance.
As educators, we can’t grow weary of fighting this fight. If you are a white or white-presenting educator, step up, even when you are tired, even when doing so comes at a cost, and fight for children, families, and colleagues of color.
We offer the two songs below, tributes to Dr. King, as inspiration and resources.
Three days after the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Nina Simone and her band performed “Why? (The King of Love is Dead),” written by their bass player Gene Taylor. Written in 1968, the lyrics ring true today.
Stevie Wonder wrote “Happy Birthday” in 1981 as part of the campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday in the U.S., which was approved by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
Sara Suchman, Executive Director
Jasmine Williams, Race and Equity Specialist