Today my mind is going to a very different place in history that I have only known through history books and images on t.v. A place in time in which I have not lived, but holds the roots, the legacy of racism and inequality.
And while I have not lived in that time, or known such hatred and inequality, I believe we must know where we have been as a culture, as a country, as people to know where we are going in the future.
To think there was a place in history in which I would not have been able to be my daughter's mother.
A place in time where she would not have the same priviledges and rights as her brothers.
A place in time where she would not have been able to swim along side her friend.
A place in time when my sister would not have been able to marry the man she loves.
A place in time when my sisters children would have been alienated...
A place in time when the "idea" of an African American President seemed impossible.
(this is my son, Jack, pointing to President Obama on Inauguration Day)
Today, in this place in time I am aware that all is not perfect. I am aware of that people still hold hatred in their hearts and change must continue.
In this place in time I am embracing my gratitude for the social movement and messages of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,
for the ability to create change, embrace our differences... to hold on to equality and ultimately to love one another.
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." Martin Luther King, Jr.