Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Day Must Be Day of Service Not Sales

In email I received a notice from HP computers letting me know about its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sale. Not interested. I prefer the push to celebrate the slain Civil Rights Activist's birthday with service to communities, not buying up Wal-Mart.
On January, 18, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs---poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education.

Volunteer with Americans across the nation on the 2010 King Day of Service and make a real difference in your community. (Read more here.)
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, as part of the day of service, some people will make an effort to help Haiti, the "western world's first black republic."

As for me, around this time each year, as I've said before, I see hits surge at the Martin Luther King, Jr., page I created more than five years ago. Most people raid it for his pictures, but some are looking for my poem, which includes the following verses:
Shall we walk again and remember him,
not as the Madison Aveners do,
but in solitude and hope
with acts of courage and compassion,
with lives of greater scope
carving fresh paths of righteousness?
(from the poem "Remembering a Life" by Nordette Adams)
In addition, I've been pleased to see that poem, "Remembering a Life", used for special King events January through August each year such as this one in Roanoke, Va., on the 40th anniversary of his death.

No, he was not Jesus or even a saint, but I don't entertain people who think we shouldn't remember him at all. King's work changed the course of this nation. Some say he changed the world.

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

Any company that promotes MLK Day sales will no longer have me as a patron. I seriously mean this.

When Mother Coretta first talked about what her vision was for MLK Day, she specifically stated that she did not want to see the day become filled with sales promotions.

HP is now on my list of not a dollar nor dime of mine. If this is how they are going to conduct their business-I don't have to be a part of their ignorance.

What an insult! This has made me so angry!