Right after MLK day, I listened to the audio book of The Help. Then I watched the movie. I mentioned this earlier, and it ties into my remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. I know this is a week late, but it has more of an impact with all the things running through my head.Here is how we got started:
Hawley has been asking me a lot of questions about Martin Luther King Jr. He has been learning about him in school and first asked if I knew who he was. I replied yes, and asked if he knew? He said yes.
I asked him to describe to me what Martin Luther King died for.
He replied,” He fought a battle with words not weapons and someone didn’t like that so they killed him.”
When I was 6 I didn’t know that. I don’t think I knew the difference between standing up for what you believe with peaceful demonstration over war. I don’t even know if I knew who Martin Luther King was until I was at least 10. I was very surprised to hear Hawley tell me that and then tell me that he wanted to know more.
How do you explain equal rights to someone that doesn’t see others as different?
A friend and I were discussing this the other day, and we were trying to figure out the best way to explain what had happened without creating that race vision in our boys. They don’t see other kids as different based on skin tone, and I am not going to have that be an issue.
I did tell Hawley something along these lines,” In the history of our nation, do you know what nation is?”
“It’s the country we live in, do you know where we live?”
he replied our street name
“That’s our street but we live in the United States of America”
“So, in our country’s history, there was a time when certain people didn’t receive equal rights and benefits based on the color of their skin. THAT WAS WRONG.”
“Martin Luther King was speaking out against this and someone got angry thinking he was effecting a change, and they killed him.”
“But, that was wrong, the person that killed him was BAD.”
“I know. MLK’s death just made the country see that equality was more important than they thought before.”
I hope that doesn’t offend anyone, but how do you explain things to your children? How do explain the power people effect over another? How do you tell your child about the wrong doings in history? How do explain about the atrocities of today?
Or do you?
With this quote in mind:
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You
don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make
your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the
second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.