Young filmmaker Dylan D’Haeze has produced a series of documentaries, Kids Can Save the Planet, which explores plastic pollution, climate change, zero waste and sustainability. At the age of 13, Dylan D’Haeze had a simple question: “What happens when we throw plastic away?” The more he learned about the issues, the more he realised how big […]
As the heckler’s rock struck Dr. King in the head, he fell to one knee. Staring at the ground, the crowd waited. What would their leader do? Give in to fear? Or rise up and continue?
He stood tall and continued to lead the march. It was August 5, 1966 and Martin was in an all-white neighborhood of Chicago protesting housing discrimination.
Now, when he was struck he could have retaliated with anger. He could have flung that stone right back. But Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of peace. Of God. And he had a wisdom so often lacking today.
We teach by example.
Just a few days later he withstood blistering summer heat to speak at a rally in the city’s football stadium. There in Soldier Field he spoke of how tired African-Americans were often living in rat-infested slums, and being lynched physically in Mississippi, and spiritually and economically in the North.
No hatred in his words. No vitriol. No dividing lines.
But he did draw lines in the sand. On one side was the dream of equality and justice. The other side racism, malevolence, and suffering.
We have that power today. We can reach out hands to those who are different from ourselves in friendship or use them to fling rocks at the innocent and righteous.
I, for one, choose friendship.
Who is with me?
(Source: Time Magazine “The Suprising Story Behind This Shocking Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Under Attack.”)
~ The Power of Words ~ It is impossible to listen to the news and not be struck by the way words are being used to cover up hateful actions and outright lies by our leaders and politicians. Words are powerful as Martin Luther King knew. The 2002 Caldecott Honor children’s picture book Martin’s Big…
Grady Harp just wrote a review for Artania that nearly brought me to tears. I am humbled and overflowing with gratitude for his words.
On November 26, 2017 Gary and Becky Kennedy hosted a living memorial/celebration of all things David Burnight/Tuesday night dinner reunion/open circle/party/or anything else you would like to call it gathering for this man. Although very ill with cancer, he spoke about his legacy: Intersection House.
Intersection House was a communal home on San Diego State’s campus for people, like me, who believe in a better world. For dreamers and activists. For searchers and spiritualists. For Christians and Buddhists and Jews; and others just trying to figure it all out. It was my home during my senior year. And continues to be my home.
Because of this amazing man.
~ What is the Difference between a Bystander and and Ally? ~ Objective: To help students understand the difference between being a bystander and an ally. Preparation: Select a book to read aloud that shows someone being victimized. Some possible books include Going Some Place Special (McKissack), Say Something (Moss), White Socks Only (Coleman), Mayfield Crossing (Nelson) Procedure: Read the story. Then make a…
We have the wisdom to understand who we are; a small but intricate piece of humanity….