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Happy Birthday, Dr. King! But, also thank you, Mahalia!

Posted by edieg@att.net on January 16, 2017 in In a Category All Its Own |

While we celebrate a day off of work tomorrow in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., his actual birthday is today. Every American should not only read the “I Have a Dream” speech, but it is equally important to watch him give the speech. Martin Luther King called many trusted advisers to help with the speech, but they were working right up to the day before the speech. Therefore, the speech is not memorized, and you can see him looking at his notes often. But, just watch. Sometime toward the end of the speech, he all of a sudden starts talking differently, with a new fire and passion. He is no longer looking at his notes but speaking from his soul. That is because Mahalia Jackson, a singer and activist for civil rights too, yelled out to her friend just 6 words. “Martin, tell them about the dream!” Those 6 words transformed an amazing speech to arguably one of the best speeches of all times. It was a simple act but one that changed the world. What simple act can you do to inspire someone to be their best?

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