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Happy Birthday Dr. King

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Last Edited: January 15, 2007, 2:42 pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of my first heroes.  I grew up in a city that was probably 98% White (give or take a point!)  In 1961 when I was 10, I had no idea that other little girls and boys couldn't go to the same schools, share a bus or even drink from a water fountain in many parts of the country.  Every morning in school I pledged allegiance to a flag and "One Nation Under God" where everyone was supposed to be equal.  One day a neighbor asked me to watch her baby while he was taking a nap, since she had to run to the store.  I earned 50 cents an hour!  I saw a magazine on a coffee table and began reading it and discovered my neighbor was a member of an organization called the NAACP.  When she got home I asked her about what I read and we had a long chat.  That was when I first learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle of minorities in America.  Coming from a Jewish family, I already knew about the genocide and the war crimes of the Nazis, but I always figured everyone was treated with dignity in the United States.  After all, I was 10.   

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ayenowitallComment by ayenowitall - January 15, 2007, 9:52 pm
I think we'd all be better off if we could retain a little more of our youth. We could do without a great deal of what we learn with age. It's not all wisdom.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 16, 2007, 4:14 am
Yes, Aye. It's also important as the song says to "Teach Your Children Well" since so much of what we learn we learn by example.
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ayenowitallComment by ayenowitall - January 16, 2007, 4:23 am
That's my point exactly. As kids, such things racism are quite foreign and senseless to us. As we grow older, we learn of them and usually just accept them as facts of life. If each generation could just pass on to the next a little more enlightened point of view, we might actually make this world a better place.We shape the future by the way we teach our children.

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