Martin Luther King, Jr.

So far, 2017 has been a continuation of 2016… but I still have hopes that I can pull myself from the doldrums and help make this a much better year for myself and for others. Writing time has been stolen by illness, car problems, and catching up on work priorities.

I did, however, take the time to attend the Madison County Democratic Women’s luncheon on Thursday, January 5, and enjoyed hearing Patricia Todd as the guest speaker. As the first openly gay member of the Alabama Legislature, she reminded me that relationships and relationship-building are still the best way to break down the barriers of fear and prejudice. I needed reminding of that: We can’t just keep speaking our minds on our points of view without extending an ear to listen to others and their viewpoints. We can hold to our beliefs, but need not be belligerent, just strong and persevering.

There are several upcoming events beginning tomorrow that I need to try to attend (if my car gets fixed in time)! These include a sign-making party tomorrow afternoon for the upcoming women’s marches, a look at how the Alabama Legislature works being hosted tomorrow night at 7:00 at Oakwood University, the Alabama Arise Legislative Issues Preview at the Main Library on Thursday at 6:00, and of course, getting on the bus on Friday to head to Washington to the Women’s March.

Just a few Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes to remember heading into this time where we need to stay strong and voice our feelings through action as well as words… on what would have been his 88th birthday. (The gender inclusion is my own…)

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Let no (wo)man pull you so low as to hate him (her).

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but (s)he must take it because his (her) conscience tells him (her) it is right.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

A (wo)man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.