January 17th, 2011
I know this is a blog about smart and beautiful women over 50, but I could not, in good conscious, let this day pass without honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. And, in an odd way, it reminds me of how much I like writing for us women over 50, because Dr. King (like so many other great people of our era) is etched in our memory, and I don’t have to explain a thing. All of us come to this blog with similar reference points in life which means so much between us does not have to be explained.
Every year, I make it a point to listen to MLK’s 17 minute I have a dream speech delivered on April 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s hard to believe I’ve been listening to this speech for over 40 years, and every year when I hear it, I’m amazed at how relevant and prophetic Dr.King’s words remain, especially given the recent I have a dream tragedy in Tucson. So, without having to say more to my fellow sisters, I hope you’ll to listen to MLK’s great speech before the day is over, and I encourage you to share it with your children, and grandchildren who might need some explaining about what this great man stood for.
To quote MLK, “Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics – will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”