Thank you for everything you have done.
Thank you for fighting for us.
Thank you for putting your life on the line for your dreams and our dreams.
Thank you for seeing our limitless possibilities and our worth.
There is still lots that needs to be done, but because of people like you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we have come a long way.
When I was growing up, my best friend was white. Her mother and family were good people who didn’t treat me like I didn’t belong because of the color of my skin.
I would go to her house almost every weekend. We would play dolls in her playroom, go outside and bounce on her trampoline, or watch movies and eat pizza. Most Saturday afternoons I spent over there, her mom and uncle would take us out to eat, I was like a member of their family even though my skin was darker than theirs.
As kid, I never paid attention to our distinct skin. But, I guess I did not have to. I got to live a innocent, friendly, childhood because of MLK’s work.
Before him, brown and black kids had horrid childhoods.
There was no playing dolls together, going out to eat together, having sleepovers, or becoming a part of a white family.
These kids endured racism, verbal and physical abuse, separate water fountains, different seats on the bus, going to different schools, living in different neighborhoods, and many other forms of inferiority.
But, I did not have to endure that.
I know racism still exists and we still have work to do, but we still have come a long way from separate entrances and water fountains.
Thank you Martin Luther King Jr for allowing me to live and survive in this white-dominant society as an African-American woman.
And, the racism that has been going on lately, I promise something will be done about it MLK, you have my word. We will eradicate it with peace and love.