On Monday, January 16th is MLK Day, and although I never lived in America, the only country that recognizes it, I can’t help but take a minute to appreciate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. As I’m writing this post, ABC is airing “Taking The Stage” showcasing the many accomplishments and history of African Americans.
Black & Proud
The show is an All-Star tribute to the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in D.C. Celebrating the African American experience, walking down memory lane, I can’t help but love my blackness. Growing up in Sweden this wasn’t always the case as a little girl. But for me saying “I’m Black and I’m Proud” isn’t to sound cool or quote James Brown. It’s about self-acceptance, self-discovery, and embracing a purpose and journey that simply could not have been the same had it not been for the color of my skin and African culture.
— Wendy Pittman (@MyBougieBaby2) January 13, 2017
I was initially going to write this post on nifty things to do with your kids for MLK Day, but watching #TakingTheStage, I am going to recommend catching the re-run with your family. Filled with music, which is such a huge part of the black culture. From Negro Spirituals to Michael Jackson, the show narrates a history, that though marked with many struggles and injustice, is so rich and leaves you feeling oxymoronically privileged. Hence being black and proud.
Love Trumps Hate
This MLK Day happens the same week as America inaugurates a new president who is questionable, to say the least. And I know I’m not the only one who’s sad over the current First Family having to leave. Speaking of the Obama’s, they too were present in the audience for Taking The Stage. With that said, I think focusing on the dream that Dr. King had is all the more important now. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always been important, but instead of arts and crafts, this year perhaps drive home the message to keep spreading the love (Love Trumps Hate) and to keep going no matter what. Points that are echoed by Kid President in the video below. Enjoy, and happy MLK Day!