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Monday, January 17, 2011

Oscar & MLK

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Dr. King was killed when I was pretty young.
He was killed before I was thinking much past not losing my shoes on the way home from school in Hawaii (because I would take the pesky things off as soon as I left school grounds).

He was killed quite a while before I learned that skin color made a big difference to some people.

But Dr. King's legacy lives on. He continues to inspire and teach.
And I think we are improving and learning to Coexist on a lot of levels. 
Yes, we still have a ways to go, but today we're closer to Dr. King's Dream than we were in 1963.

As promised, please find below pictorial evidence of what Oscar, the low-maintenance Office Cat "wears" for MLK day.
I think Dr. King said it best. So in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Oscar is simply and poignantly adorned with these still beautiful and inspiring words:
 (Excerpts from the Aug. 28, 1963 "I have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King. Jr.)

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.""

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. "

May we continue to learn and grow and accept - and dream.

My heart, sympathy, and wishes for healing are offered to the victims and families of the senseless January 8th shooting in Tucson, Arizona. 
Thanks and healing are also offered to the Emergency Services and Medical Personnel who made Tucson proud on such a dark day.

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