Title: Martin’s Big Words
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated By: Bryan Collier
Published By: Jump at the Sun
On this Me Monday we celebrate and honor the works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! We have accomplished and learned so much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we have so much further to go! As long as there is still hate and injustice in this world, our work is never done! Dr. King read and studied the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, the wise Indian activist. Ghandi stated that, “If we are to reach peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children…” These words are so true. Children learn by our example. What we say, what we do, how we interact with one another, how we respond and react to situations, how we treat ourselves and others. If a child sees hate, that child will learn to hate. But if a child sees love, kindness, respect, and generosity, then we can change this world into a better place, one child at a time!
Dr. King’s father was a minister so Dr. King was receiving inspiring words and teachings about love and righteousness from a very young age. This influenced his thoughts about the world and motivated him to share these teachings with others in hopes of irradicating hate and the mistreatment of mankind.
What can we do today to continue Dr. King’s movement? Simply love another! Regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, where we live, what religion we practice, what language we speak, etc… We are all different and that is the beauty of the world! But our differences should not set us apart, they should be celebrated and respected! We should all love one another for who we are!