As we take time to celebrate and remember the life of a man who forever changed the landscape of America, let's do more than consider it a day off of work and school. Although my children are too young to truly understand the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work, I am committed to using his powerful words as a model for some of the most important life lessons I wish to impart upon my children.
No matter what age your children are, it is never too early nor is it ever too late to pass along these eloquent words that do so much more than look good on paper or sound good when vocalized by someone. Certainly the words of Dr. King are more than stirring prose; he made his words poetry in action. These are 10 of the many quotes by Dr. King that I vow to pass along to my children while modeling and teaching them to live a life that reflects his dream.
- "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
- "Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."
- "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
- "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."
- "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
- "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
- "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.'
- "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
- "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write."
How do you plan on celebrating and remembering the life and legacy of Dr. King with your children? Please share in the comments below. :)