Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My daughter sent this photograph via Facebook. She knew I would appreciate it on many levels.
First, because its crayons. Remember when Crayola changed the name of Flesh to Peach? It was 1962.
Second, because its a holiday we celebrate in many special ways every year at our inner city church in NE Portland. The gospel choir raises the rafters. We announce the two MLK awards given every year to someone from the congregation and to a community group who “walks the talk” of social justice. We are historically an African-American church so there is deep meaning at the end when the whole church quietly sings “We Shall Overcome” swaying hand in hand. Its a moving reminder that we still have a long way to go toward justice, equality and peace in our world and it always brings tears to my eyes.
And finally, on a more playful level, she knew I would appreciate it because my sci-fi geekiness loves that it came from George Takei of the Starship Enterprise. Thanks, Mon.