Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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When we view the news clippings and headlines it is clear who Dr. King was fighting for. The fact that he was 33 years young had a family and was a pastor of his own church tends to be overlooked. I am always amazed at what he was able to accomplish in his short time on earth and how his influence continues to reverberate throughout the world.

Dr. King thank you for your bravery, resolve, and determination that has changed the circumstance of so many black people over the years. Thank you for inspiring those who continue to fight for our freedom and equality. Thank you for your family who has continued to push your legacy forward. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Your birthday will always serve as a reminder that none of us are free until we are all free and injustice will not be swept under the rug. We continue to strive for freedom. We are thankful for you and we honor you.

Happy Birthday Dr. King

-Precise

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Dr. King – Selma – Victor Benoit – Social Change – Happy Birthday

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 86 years old today, had he not been assassinated in April 4,1968. Dr. Kings life has been examined and studied extensively by academics, scholars, politicians and social activists around the world. The world speaks highly of Dr. King and his accomplishments. Today we celebrate his birth and his work on a nationally recognized holiday.

As I write this blog, my mother calls me and informs me that my uncle Victor Benoit has just been appointed as minister of Social Affairs and Labor in Haiti’s political cabinet. I am so very proud of him. He has worked hard for the Haitian people all of his life and this appointment is well deserved. This news immediately causes me to draw parallels.

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There is a certain type of boldness and audacity that would allow someone to believe that the work that they do can affect change. Everyone does not have this type of courage; however when one does have this type of courage they can change the world.

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I just watched Selma recently and what I appreciate most about the film is the human perspective that was given. From the time I was a child up until my adult years Dr. King always had this iconic persona that almost made him seem infallible. The director of the film Ava DuVernay showed Dr. King as a human being, someone who had faults and fears and doubts. Take a moment and think about what it took to challenge the status quo in the sixties. His life and the lives of others who were associated with him in any way were always in danger, but they stayed the course. The issue at hand at that time and even now is our FREEDOM. The ability to be who we are without any apologies.

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Socially we are at a tipping point in the world. Uprisings worldwide have challenged political norms and changed lives. The United States is currently in the midst of this kind of change. Let us channel the spirit of Dr. King and others who had the courage to fight and bring about the necessary shift in our reality.

Congratulations Uncle Victor!!

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King and Thank You! 

-Precise

How do you feel about Dr. King and our world today. Let me know in the comments.

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