How Do You Celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

Today is a different sort of holiday. It is of course a celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr but it is hard to celebrate his life without feeling sorrow for the way his life ended. Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum this year was eye opening for me. Even though I have been alive for a lot of the civil rights movement it was an emotional visit.

So if you can’t get there in person, you can spend a few minutes of their web site learning something new and maybe planning for a future visit. Enjoy your day off but spend a moment or two acknowledging the life of a great American.

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The National Civil Rights Museum—Memphis

If you have only one thing to do in Memphis it should be to visit the National Civil Rights Museum . Even though I have lived through a lot of The Civil Rights Movement I found this museum to be highly informative and an emotional experience.

You can easily spend the whole day there. There are many exhibits and interactive features. It is highly emotional and moving. After three hours we were drained. I don’t know if it was planning but across the street is the Blues Hall of Fame. We found it to be the perfect palette cleanser after our emotional upheaval. We sat in the listening booth and saw great performances that eased our souls.

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National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

Happy Martin Luther King Day

The way I create posts for this blog is to first find an image and then write something about it. It is after all an image blog first and foremost. So I went searching for a suitable image for Martin Luther King. When he was assassinated I was living in Los Angeles and the murder occurred four days before my 23rd birthday. Three months later on June 5th, I went to a hotel in L.A. to stand with thousands of others in shock over the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. So I began to look for images that would represent Dr. King’s day.

Of course I have pictures of flags but I have used those for other holidays and although Dr. King was a true American hero, he was much more than the flag. I have other images of African Americans and although Dr. King was an African American he was also more than that. As I thought about it, I thought this was a great image to celebrate his day. He is like an eternal flame of hope. He reminds us that as long as you have hope and show respect for humanity that your life is worth living. He is a symbol of working together and doing the right thing. Thanks Dr. King for your sacrifice.

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