Hello all, and happy MLK Day! Today is a day to promote equal rights for all Americans and to honor the legacy of one of the greatest civil rights activists of all time. For this reason, it is designated a national day of service, to be celebrated as a “day on, not day off”. MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Use this tool to find a volunteer opportunity today.
I also wanted to share this blog post written by Natalie Cohen, the social media coordinator for Walden Behavioral Care. Titled “Five Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn From Martin Luther King Junior”, this piece relates Dr. King’s preachings to mental health. She writes that we should “educate society about matters that they may not have been exposed to or those who have been misinformed” and that “the mental health field needs each of us to become an advocate for social justice and change”. I couldn’t agree more!
Dr. King is remembered as a passionate and eloquent speaker. Today, I would like to honor his memory by sharing some of his most moving, inspiring, and relevant quotes. Please click on the title of this post and comment your favorite MLK quote - I would love to hear from you!
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong.”
“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”
“I have decided to stick with love. hate is too great a burden to bear”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
“All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
I hope you all enjoy your holiday and utilize today to make your community a better place. Let’s all try to incorporate MLK’s values of charity, tolerance, equality, and justice into our lives this week!