Friday, September 12, 2014

4.12 Dream - The Content of Their Character

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twelfth day of each month is "Dream."
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"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism." - MLK, August 28, 1963
Whenever I walk by this mural in the O'Hare airport, I think about Martin Luther King Jr.'s words.  Are these children being judged by the content of their characters or by the luck of the genetic lottery.  (Also why is that woman wearing those shoes with that dress?)  Is the dream that King wrote of ever to be realized?  In the more than fifty years since King reminded the American public that the promissory note written to these children has not been fulfilled, have we come any further? 

I don't know the answers to these questions, but I hope that there are classrooms out there where this scene takes place and kids are friends with kids who don't look like them, think like them, or act like them.  I hope there are classrooms where kids sit quietly and listen to teachers with odd hairstyles. I hope that there are classrooms where, if Martin Luther King were alive today, would fulfill all his dreams.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

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