It seems as if we idolize musicians, athletes, movie stars, etc every other day of the year, and today is the day we are called to honor one of the most amazing men that has ever walked this planet, Martin Luther King. I want to encourage each of you to wake up everyday and live your life and stand for something. That something or cause may be a whole lot bigger than what you can imagine, but stay the course.
This is an exert from an Instagram post I did back in September after I visited Selma, Al to see my favorite artists Mr. Charlie Lucus and really just to visit the historic city of Selma Alabama.
You all can idolize musicians, actors, athletes, good looking people/models (and in sure this post will get about 1 like vs the non substance bikini pointless pic cause this is Instagram and that's how it rolls) .. But I'll continue studying my heros and teachers, which include MLK at the very top of my list. I felt oddly connected to the small southern desolate town of Selma Alabama. I drove an hour off the interstate to visit Mr. Lucas, my favorite artist, and spent another hour or so getting lost in Selma. I was saddened that one of the most historical cities regarding the #civilrights movement, has been practically forgotten And somewhat eerie. Historical African American museums practically vacant and dead bolted. I actually shed a tear and whispered to myself.. "What is it about that place that gets to me" .. I don't know. Maybe it's the mental pictures of the "Bloody Sunday" and the way humans were treated during those marches to #montgomery ... But I sure have a special place for Selma in my heart, not just because of #MrCharlie but because of the significance this city played in the human rights and civil rights movement for not just #africanamericans but #equality for all humans . LOVE is stronger than hate .. PRESERVE blackhistory and all UShistory that sheds light on #progression and forward thinking ... and young people .. never forget that we all, as a human race, every color , have to respect the people who are got us here and the ones who will get us where we need to go in the fight for love. I'm convinced and have hope for a better world everyday. ( if you don't know about The Selma Movement, do yourself a favor, look it up) #selma #alabama #leadership #history #movementsmakehistory and that's a fact.
I have not yet seen the film Selma, and I actually wrote this before I even knew there was a film about Selma Alabama and the march to Montgomery. But I would like everyone to really think hard about who you look up to, who influences you, and how well you care about the ones who created the world we live in today. I was not living during all of the civil rights movement, and I honestly couldn't imagine. MLK said "Today's expression in Montgomery is the expression of 50,000 people who are tired of being pushed around." I continue to be inspired by MLK EVERYDAY to NOT BE PUSHED AROUND. If it weren't for him, I don't know if I would be inspired to stand up against the corruption and some of of the issues I am currently dealing with in my own neighborhood. I truly believe that each of us can create a movement if we are passionate enough about what we are fighting for. So today I marched in honor of MLK, but I march everyday because of him and the example he set as a true martyr and the TRUE definition of LOVE .
One of my favorite MLK quotes that reminds to be great everyday , and LOVE is everything is the following :
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 verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Here are some of the photos I took of Selma, Al in September of this year. when I went to visit my sweet friend and favorite artist Charlie Lucus. His art is all inspired by the civil rights movement, his passion for the arts ( outsider art is what we call because we have no formal training :-) it and for human rights means so much to me. Also a few picture of me at the Lorraine Motel In Memphis Tennessee where Dr. King lost his life