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January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. was a special man. I am thankful that he was here in this country at that time. God planned it that way.

I started thinking today about how God felt when this country had the state of mind that it did when segregation was around. What did God think about the fact that people treated his children differently based on the color of their skin? What was God hoping the church would say about that? I am sure that God was saddened by the response of the many churches in that time. I am saddened when I hear stories of that time.

I am thankful that that behavior is no longer acceptable. I am thankful that we have made huge strides in racial equality. I would be joking myself if I said that we live in a racist-free society. Unfortunately it is still out there. I hear off-handed comments from time to time. It makes me cringe every time I hear anything of the sorts.

I think that one huge step of bridging the gap between cultures and ethnicities happens when we take time to get to know people that are different than us. Story… everyone has one. When we take time to hear someones story we break down walls. We take a perception and we turn that into a person. We put a name with a face. We learn that they are people too.

I hope we continue to move forward. I hope we continue to learn peoples stories. May we fulfill the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. had. It is not a black – white thing. It is a human race thing.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals”. – MLK

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