Paying Homage: Martin Luther King, Jr


How do you pay homage to this man?

For me, it's this story:

When I was little, my parents - both teachers - had cassettes around (yes, I'm that old) of different historical figures. I remember listening, over and over, to the one about Martin Luther King, Jr.

What moved me was his speech.

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident... that all men are created equal... I have a dream."

It was about the sit-ins, and marches. It was about the threats and the victories.

Me - little Sally from the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul - sheltered in my mostly white school and life - connecting with a world - an idea - a horror - unlike anything I had known or could fathom.

Listening to my cassette tape transported me to another's experience that was different from my own. Through those words - through his words - I got a peek into what suffering was like for African Americans. What the struggle was about. What was at stake. What mattered. What hurt. What helped.

Words, expressed with passion and integrity,  can move the world.

I still believe that. And we still need these words. Maybe now more than ever.

I believe that a good talk can move the world. I don't just say that because it sounds good. And I don't just mean it can move the world of your meeting, or the world of your neighborhood event or your church or your audience... I mean that it can move the whole friggin' world. And I can't think of a better example of that than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So, to pay homage to MLK's vision - and how his words moved this world of ours - and how far we still need to go - here are some of my favorite MLK inspirations and tributes:

The full speech [Video] - and here is the audio [my favorite way of listening to it] and text

Some beautiful art [Art]

Vanessa German talking about the power of our bravery and love in the face of hate [Talk], from Creative Mornings

Nancy Duarte, analyzing the poetry of MLK's speech

A beautiful reminder [quote/image]

To you, MLK, I pay homage.