Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we went to the MLK March and taught our girls about a great man who stood for equality, love, justice, peacemaking, having tender hearts. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that I often heard about at school and couldn't wait to have a holiday but as an adult, this holiday has become so much more. I love this quote:

"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated." MLK

Isn't that so true? We fear what we don't know and what we often times imagine or create for ourselves. I pray that our girls can learn to love everyone no matter who they are, what they believe, what they look like, what they do. I know we've come a long way but we still witness hatred, prejudice, injustice all over the world and the sad thing about it? We just let it pass us by because it's not personally affecting us.

So yes, today we celebrate this man of history but EVERY DAY we celebrate the greatest man who came to this earth to teach us about loving our enemies, unity, equality, forgiveness. Jesus taught us those things thousands of years ago and we are still struggling with it today. It breaks my heart to see us still struggling with prejudice in so many different ways when we should all be looking out and reaching out to each other. Showing God's love to everyone around us. Get past our fears and our bias. Jesus was a radical. He spoke against what was being done and the legalism that had been created. Thank God He is our ultimate example of how we should live our lives. I think we need to be a little more radical with our love sometimes =)

So here are the pics from today. There were SO many people. SA has always had one of the largest, if not THE largest MLK marches in the U.S. They were expecting 100,000 people!

Eden loved Claire's heart necklace

Us sporting our alma matars!

Eden was a little confused by all the people but once we started moving and she got a snack, all was good with the world!
Claire loving her look out spot
There were a ton of groups with shirts and banners marching together. Here is HEB's group - they were one of the largest that we saw. We stopped about half way and just watched everyone pass by before we walked back to our car. So glad we stopped to see everything. It was even more of a parade that way!
(Northside peeps, I'd love to get a group together for next year!)
The girl's loved the horses. They had the Sam Houston HS band playing too which was Claire's favorite part. Eden's favorite was all the little dogs in sweaters! It was pretty funny =)
Didn't get a pic of the girls outside with their matching shirts because it was too cold to take of their layers. So here are the shots of the evening! I bought these shirts a few months ago and they were perfect for today. They say "Dream" on them!
Can't wait for next year!


Anonymous said...

Katie and Neil, I am so proud and thankful that you are sharing THIS love with you girls...teaching them about the love for each and everyone in spite of their race, color and creed...just as MLK proclained and his followers admired. Thank you for giving my grandchildren the opportunity to grow in unconditional love. In the 60's it was strange and foreign to me to experience the race riots while I was in college and I was fearful for whatever I did not know it is possible to enlighten our youth with the principles that MLK proclaimed. I remember and I love you both for practicing the true Jesus love and passing it on to the girls through action. Love, Mom W.

The Bowers Family said...

I sure miss seeing Eden..and Claire too of course. They both look so sweet in their matching shirts!