On MLK Day 2010

With today being Martin Luther King Day, I find it appropriate to set aside my Monday entertainment feature to reminder others of something of greater importance. While new watchers will see various clips featuring Dr. King, I decided to repost one of my favorite reports from 2009. May it serve as a reminder of how far we have come, but more importantly, how far we still have to go on the journey for a better tomorrow. May Dr. King’s dream become a reality.

On a similar note, I started reading Tim Valentine’s post sometime ago. Not only has he taught me a lot, he makes me think – so I invite you to not only read his MLK Day post, but visit him every day.

3 thoughts on “On MLK Day 2010

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  2. I remember this one.

    An unaware gentleman I work with (not just culturally, but on many other issues) came in and asked me (the only Black person at our location), “Why are you here today?”

    I smiled and asked him, “Why are you here today?” He looked confused for a moment, until another co-worker picked up on what he was about to walk into said, “You don’t say that, because Dr. King didn’t care about the color of your skin, but the content of your character.” Although I wanted to add to that, I understood what he was saying and at least he demonstrated it by how he has always interacted with me.

    So our co-worker then began to tell me he didn’t mean to offend, he just thought I would be off today. I let him off the hook, but explained that the problem is thinking that it’s a “Black Holiday” and not a day for all. If it wasn’t for the work Dr. King and so many others struggled and died for, I wouldn’t be here today. Or at least in the same capacity. If so, I would be viewed as the “Black Programmer” and not just a “Programmer”.

    I have personally worked towards incorporating what I’ve learned from reading, studying, listening & watching Dr. King and others into my everyday life. There’s so much we all can learn, but the one theme that I’ve worked to promote is one I believe Dr. King would endorse, which is Consider Others.

    If I can encourage anyone to do anything it would be to ask yourself the question that I titled my post today, “What have you done for others?”

    Frank, you continue to present yourself as a good, fair and decent person. I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂


    • Much is about mindset, and the mere thought that today is a Black Holiday is either a sign of ignorance or stupidity. Regarding the guy in the office, I may give him the benefit of ignorance. … but I sure know plenty on the stupidity side.

      I don’t claim to be perfect, but I try. I try to at least be aware of my thoughts and actions in situations – well, at least reflection is an important start.

      Thanks Tim for the great comment.


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