Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 20th


This is a repost of my annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day; I do 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.

  16 comments for “Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 20th

  1. January 20, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful dear Cher! Have a lovely day. xoxo

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  2. January 20, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Great post, Cher. Make that post a tradition on this day, please.

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    • January 20, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      Don, thank you soooo much! I really appreciate your thoughtful words. Yes, I certainly shall do that!! Cher xo


  3. January 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Really beautiful and true, Cher.
    We are all born equal as humans, then culture comes in and change many things later.

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  4. January 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I enjoyed reading your take on MLK…and I couldn’t agree with you more! Yes…just do the right thing!
    Hope you are well, Cher! Sweet Blessings ❤

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    • January 20, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Why thank you so much, dear Lorrie! And right back at you my dear! Cher xo

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  5. January 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Such a role model. I love the quote you picked. Let’s live like it, even more, when we notice others don’t.

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  6. January 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Remembering and sharing… Thanks so much for sharing your lovely post in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. today, Cher!

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    • January 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, dear Bette!! Muchly appreciated! Cher xo

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  7. January 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I watched part of a show about MLK Jr. this morning and was surprised to hear that he had to struggle to stay confident. He seemed so assured of his vision. Really takes a powerful human being to put your insecurities aside and lead.

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    • January 20, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      Did he, JT? I didn’t know that. He sure did, didn’t he? I agree; his conviction of what he knew was right lead him to probably feel the fear he had but he did it anyway. Thank you! Cher xo


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