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A Day On, Not a Day Off

It’s Friday. Oh, yes, it’s Friday!

This weekend is not quite a long weekend for me. On Sunday, I’m flying out to Tennessee to join an independent school as they host an assembly to talk about race and racism. While I’ll be away from my family and their celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, I know that my calling in life is to have difficult conversations around the country. So, it’s off to Tennessee, I go!

When I think about my own schooling and education, the life and legacy of Dr. King was always present. I knew the name “Martin Luther King” before I learned about Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Ceasar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Maya Angelou, or Yuri Kochiyama. I knew parts of Dr. King’s message of peace and justice before I could read or write. Whenever I prepare a keynote address or a talk on race and racism, quotes by Dr. King are the first ones that come to my mind.

As we seek to honor Dr. King’s legacy all year and throughout our lives, we can begin by engaging our youngest scholars to learn life long lessons about equality, peace, and friendship. If you are in the Boston area, here is a great list of events happening in Boston. You might also check the calendars of local colleges, organizations or communities who will likely be hosting events to celebrate Dr. King.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of education.” It is simply not enough to teach facts. Rather we must teach our young people – and ourselves – to think deeply, to question structures and practices, and to find ways to solve some of life’s greatest challenges.

How will you spend you Day On?

Peace and Park,
Ms. Talusan