On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my heart is heavy yet hopeful. Heavy due to the racial hatred and boldness of bigotry still evident. Hopeful because many people young and old are rising up to make their voices heard regarding equality, life, and inclusion. They are saying diversity is the strength of our country and there is still much work to be done, to make all lives matter. Dr. King’s spirit is alive and well among us. We are being shaken out of apathy to action.
50 years ago, Jane Elliott, a third-grade teacher in Riceville Iowa felt compelled to help her all white students understand what racism was. They wanted to know why a king was dead. Her classroom exercise, Brown Eyes Blue Eyes has become legend, and her work continues around the world.
I invite you to view the YouTube videos of her work and of other conversations about racism. If you know this story, refresh your memory. If you do not know this story, watch and learn.
Let me know your thoughts after you view one or all of the links. I encourage you to share the information. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can move from ignorance to awareness to action for change.
Ubuntu- I am because we are. We are because I am.
PBS Frontline the full length video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXr-rC5F-4
12 minute excerpt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onKVeZaDzWg
A discussion on the Oprah Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1IRnf3_YmY&t=123s