Today, the United States celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This national holiday was intended not as a day off but rather as a day ON — a day of mindful action and reflection in the service of justice.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where opportunities abound on MLK Day, we hope that you will get out there and seize the day. Attend a lecture or workshop, or pitch in on a community project, making new friends along the way.
If that’s not possible, either because there are no events in your area or you didn’t get the day off, that’s OK. We’ve got an MLK Day learning opportunity right here for you!
In thhis 2006 lecture, feminist scholar and activist icon Angela Davis answers the question of how social change happens, sharing the hidden history of how MLK got involved in the civil rights movement along the way. (As a bonus, Davis tells us that “I’m not just talking about human beings” when envisioning a more equitable world for everybody.)
Try to make time to watch this lecture today, in honor of MLK Day. Then, share your comments and ideas below. How can we put these important insights into action?