Martin Luther King Day – January 15th


I wrote this post a few years ago in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  Every year I think to myself, hhhhmmm, can I add anything more to what I have already written about Dr. King? I think what I have written in past years stands today as to how I feel about him and what he stood for.  So here it is; I hope you enjoy it!

To most Canadians, Dr. Martin Luther King is an iconic figure that fought for the civil rights of African-Americans.  Not a lot is said or written about him in Canada (at least to my knowledge), but yet there is a collective understanding among Canadians that what Dr. King stood for was right and true.  Perhaps this is a simplistic way of putting it on my part, but there is a reason for it.  I see it as a nod of agreement; yes, there is no need to explain that which is correct.


Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.  The picture above was taken when Dr. King visited Chicago in 1966.  He came to Chicago often to assist local leaders in the civil rights movement.

I am in awe of the work that Dr. King accomplished.  Each time I hear his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC, I get goosebumps and a lump in my throat.  His words resonate so deeply, and I cannot help but be so incredibly grateful for his astonishingly courageous and honorable spirit.  If you have never heard this speech, I encourage you to please look it up; it is one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard.

To me, as a Canadian living in Chicago, I am reminded every day how vitally important it is to show each person I meet that we are all beings cut from the same cosmic cloth, as it were.  By that I mean we come from the same source; we are all connected whether we can wrap our human brains around this, I’m not so sure.  The feeling, ah yes, the feeling that comes from simply acting in kindness, compassion, and treating everyone with respect and dignity.  As I (unfortunately) on occasion bear witness to a word or an act that does not represent any of these things, it only strengthens my conviction to look for ways to show them even more.  Sometimes it is simply opening a door for someone, or a smile to a passerby, which is sometimes looked upon with suspicion; sad, but true.

This does not discourage me in any way, shape, or smile *grin*.  It merely invigorates my resolve to show people, as Dr. King so eloquently noted and I paraphrase here: that individuals not be judged on the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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I hope today, wherever you inhabit the planet, that you will take pause and focus your awareness on that which is so becoming of you, as a fellow human being, to remember your connectedness with all who share the planet with you.

  11 comments for “Martin Luther King Day – January 15th

  1. Annie Van Es
    January 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I did not know you had there a memory day for Luther King. I admire him, for what he did and where he for stood. His courage was formidable. He fought with all what he had. Thank you for this article.

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    • January 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Hi Annie, yes, I admire him too! He was an incredible person who did fight very hard for civil rights. God rest his soul. Thank you, Annie! Cher xo


  2. January 15, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Amazing … this is the example Americans should follow!!
    I thought this is what America stood for …

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Well said and I certainly agree.

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    • January 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Why thank you, Don! And I”m very glad you agree! Cher xo


  4. January 15, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Mr. King had some wonderful ideas and beliefs. I find it unfortunate that his words are not always listened to. Imagine what he would have accomplished! As you say Cher, we are all cut from the same mould. Happy Monday!

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    • January 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      He was an amazing person, wasn’t he, John? We are!! Cher xo

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  5. January 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

    You should come to a Wingate & Finchley football match – you’d love the mix of peoples and beliefs embodied in the team, fans and club 🙂


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