Martin Luther King day isn’t just a day off school. It’s a chance to teach your children about his legacy. Equality. For all people. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to raise my children in a time when the first black man became president.
Violet was born on January 21, 2009. The day President Obama was inaugurated. We like to say that she waited until George Bush was out and Barack Obama was safely in office before she entered this world.
You can read Violet’s Birth Story here.
Politics aside, you can’t ignore the staggering achievement electing a black man to The White House was for our country. Just before I became pregnant with Violet I drove for six hours with my dog Max to hear Obama speak and shake his hand. He blew my mind. His oratory skills and his ability to inspire reminded me of all the black and white footage I’ve seen of Martin Luther King inspiring a country to change.
I sit here, my daughter playing at my feet, my son, who is yet to be born, somersaulting around my belly, and I am unbelievably grateful to Martin Luther King for inspiring a world to change, for leading a movement that has stretched from his generation to that of my children who will hopefully grow up color blind, a daughter and son who will be able to see King’s dream come to fruition.
Click here to watch King’s I Have A Dream Speech.