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How Would Martin Luther King Feel Today?

Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King
Washington, DC, USA – October 10, 2012: Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King. The memorial is America’s 395th national park.

I wonder how Martin Luther King would feel as the first ever African American President leaves office after two consecutive terms. I think he would feel proud.

I wonder how Martin Luther King would feel as the “Black Lives Matter” movement spreads throughout our nation because of the needless killing of black men. I think he would feel grave disappointment.

I wonder how Martin Luther King would feel about a recent study that showed African American women-owned businesses grew by 258% from 1997-2013.  I think he would feel grateful.

I wonder how Martin Luther King would feel about a divide in our country so deep, it’s hard to hold a conversation around race no matter who is at the table. I think he would feel sadness.

I wonder how Martin Luther King would feel that my six year old daughter and seven year old son are confused when they learn about him because in their school black skinned kids, white skinned kids, yellow skinned kids and brown skinned kids all hold hands and sing regularly together. They start their days by reaching out their hands to each other saying “Today I will look after you.” And they do. They really do.

I think Martin Luther King would feel joy. As a mom who did not experience this growing up, I know I feel joy knowing my children question Martin Luther King’s dream because it is their reality, not a dream. I know what my kids are experiencing is not everyone’s reality nor does it mean it will remain their reality as they get older- but I have hope. I have hope in their generation to change this ugly place we have been in as a human race far.. too.. long. I think Martin Luther King would assess that we still have a lot of work to do and that is why today, more than ever, I think he would be hopeful too. That is what made him the brilliant leader he was and still is in memory. Martin Luther King lived in hope.

Thank you Martin Luther King for your hope. Thank you for your dream. Thank you for your great voice in our world. Always.

Angela Sebaly

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