A Child Was Born

Martin Luther King Jr Quote
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Ninety-three years ago today, on January 15, 1929, a manchild was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and would grow up to become one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister in the south, became the most visible spokesperson who voiced having a dream for equality just like the multitudes he led during that time.

While this was a time I remember but never fully understood growing up, we were taught many cautionary truths about the breadth and depth of the civil rights messages during this time. I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where it is no secret that the city I call home was the main port where most slaves were shipped to and sold. After completing my maternal ancestral tree in 2020, I was humbled to learn how the survival of my ancestors brought me to this place where I am now. I owe it to them to do better and leave contributions to society and our family that would make this world better than when I was born.

We are still children in this world, regardless of how old we may be, where we’re from, or what we look like. We are still learning, growing, and progressing. Each of us has a unique gift and talent to help us make this world a better place. As we look in the mirror, we are not the same as we were yesterday. It is my prayer that as I look at this woman in the mirror, I challenge myself to make whatever changes I need to make to do better and be better because I realize I don’t have time to waste. So, if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make that change. We may not be a Martin Luther King, Jr., but we can be a catalyst of encouragement, good change, and empowerment to do the right thing by being a better “us” for a better world.

34 thoughts on “A Child Was Born

  1. Thanks for sharing this Kym. It reminds me, I’ve been meaning to ask if you’ve tuned in or heard about the new series “Women of the Movement” on abc about Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till’s mother) and the events that took place regarding his death. My women’s empowerment group have been discussing it together.

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  2. Hey there Queen, how are you this morning? Yes I have seen the previews of Women of the Movement, but it hasn’t aired yet in our area. As I was going through some of my husband’s books a few years ago, I found his book “Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case.” It’s only 128 pages but well worth the read. When I worked for Johnson Publishing Company we had the opportunity to see some of the photographs that were in the archives from Emmett’s funeral. I believe the photographer was trying to be respectful and not show his face while they were photographing the funeral, but Ms. Till told them she wanted everyone to see what they did to her son. She wanted the photographer to take a picture of his severely beaten face. There were many women who did not get the credit that they deserved who fought for the rights and welfare of so many oppressed people.

    If you’re on Goodreads, let’s connect. There are a lot of books I read from many trailblazing women, (not necessarily all celebs) and I would love to tap into your collection of women trailblazers too. So glad your empowerment group is embracing such discussions with stories that sound so familiar in this day and time. Thanks so much Tammy!!! Have a FANtabulous weekend girlfriend!!! πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€—

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  3. Booyah! πŸ’―πŸŽ―πŸ‘Thank you so much for posting, Kym! Martin Luther King was the best as he advocated using peaceful and nonviolent means to make positive change. We should definitely follow his lead. And yasss, girl! Change starts with you! Then it ripples out from you like a stone hitting water! Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie! πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ•Š

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  4. You hit the nail on the head with her “wanting the people to see” what was done. A special regarding that just aired called “let the people See”. I don’t believe I’m familiar with google reads, people keep throwing these suggestions at me and I take them all down hoping to get to them, but it becomes overwhelming when it’s a challenge to simply stay focused on earning a living. I’m still trying to rebuild my life in so many ways after homelessness, I feel like it’s all beginning to be too much but I’ll figure it out.
    Thanks dear, enjoy your weekend as well!

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  5. Okay!!!!! So you just decided to wake up and give us aa whole word today. I love it and so encouraged to get up and make all the changes I need to make so that I too can be part of the solution and not the problem. Happy Birthday to the King,and may he continue to rest in power!

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  6. Thanks soooooo much Cherie! I agree with you my dear friend πŸ’―. I love the rippling effect you painted and it is on point! 🎯 We get it and lets hope others can take a page from his many messages and follow suit. Hugs dawwwwlink! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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  7. Girlfriend, I truly understand how overwhelming things seem to be. You have to focus on you and avoid any distractions that can throw you for a loop. I get you. This other stuff will be here. You just keep rebuilding. Like they said, Rome wasn’t built in a day! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    Stay focused and have the most FANtabulous weekend girlfriend. Since we don’t have a guidebook, we have to take the situations we face one day, and one step at a time. Just remember…BREATHE!!! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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  8. I appreciate you Sandra. Thanks so very much for not only stopping by and reading my post, but for sharing your warmhearted message. I appreciate you my friend! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ₯°πŸ’–βœ¨πŸ€—πŸ’πŸ˜˜

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  9. This is exactly why you are special to me. Thanks for being able to understand because most don’t or just don’t care. Sometimes I feel I’m running a race & can never win ( maybe that’s why I didn’t stick to running track, lol). Today, I’m headed out for fun & relaxation.

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  10. A gorgeous tribute, and a beautifully inspirational write. β€œ So, if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make that change.” That’s exactly it, kindred! You said it all. Have a wonderful Saturday, dear Kym! πŸ’›βœ¨πŸŒΉπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ₯°πŸ˜˜

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  11. Thanks so much my dear friend. I truly appreciate your sweet and wonderful thoughts. I’m glad you connected with this message. Hugs and smooches my dear friend. πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ˜βœ¨πŸ€—πŸ’πŸ₯°

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  12. Ohhhh wow, look at you Queen T! I am soooo proud of you. Go on out and enjoy yourself girlfriend. You owe it to yourself. Give yourself permission to do so ok? By the way, I think that’s why I never started running track from jumpstreet!!! LMBO πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™€οΈ Have a fun and FANtabulous evening my friend. Smooches!!! Love ya sweetie pie! 😍😘πŸ₯°

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  13. Thanks a million my sweet Jeff. You know I appreciate you my kindred. I am constantly looking in the mirror and making adjustments. We gotta keep trying to make this world a better place, no matter how “shitty” things may appear on certain days! We must forge ahead! Hugs and smooches to you! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜πŸ¦‹πŸ˜πŸŽΆπŸ˜ŽπŸ’

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  14. Thank you so much for this moving post, Kym. Your wonderful write reaches beyond the personal and stretches into the universal. What a gift. πŸ’ There are many things I don’t miss about the classroom but teaching his famous speech and related history and songs from the era, I do greatly miss. He will forever remain an inspiration to me. ✨

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  15. I appreciate your always sweet and thoughtful comments, my dancing queen. πŸ™πŸΌ We try to pool our resources of inspiration together that will help us to collectively keep our head in the game, and continue to strive to be better people. I see these qualities in your messages and style all the time. Thank you for inspiring us too Michele. Rock on girlfriend!!! πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŽΉπŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸŽ΅

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  16. Thanks to you dear friend. It is pleassure. Appreciate it. Hugs and smooches My dear friend too! Enjoy! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸ₯°πŸ˜Šβœ¨πŸŒ·πŸ“½οΈπŸΏπŸ» Relaxing time!

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  17. Always welcome, dearest Kym. Always! Oh, yes, forge on indeed. Always get up, and keep moving. Exactly so! Hugs and smooches, kindred! Have a beautiful evening! πŸŒΉβ€οΈπŸŒ»πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ’–

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