It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And I’m writing this post so late, that it’s practically tomorrow. Did you get the day off of work? Did the schools close? I know this day isn’t consistently marked across the country, so I’m guessing some of you were back to your usual Monday schedule today.
I saw lots of powerful quotes from Martin Luther King being shared on social media today. I’m guessing it was the same for you. Some of the words were focused on love. Others were focused on justice. Others were focused on standing up for what you know to be right.
There was also some resentment (or maybe annoyance?); a feeling that Mr. King’s words were being manipulated to fit messages he wouldn’t agree with or that ignored a major part of his legacy. In fact, my friend Kelly Wickham Hurt, a long time educator, and founder of Being Black at School, wrote, “If you’re quoting MLK today be sure to tell everyone that Black Lives Matter tomorrow. It’s the same message.”