“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.” This quote from Dr. King’s letter from the Birmingham Jail reminds us that we ALL need to be involved in the search for justice.
While Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is remembered in history books across the country, his words are now etched in stone. Forty-eight years ago, during the March on Washington, Dr. King first uttered the words that would change the course of history—“I Have a Dream”—while standing at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Just before the holidays, we announced our newest DVD, Embracing the Dream: Lessons from the Not In Our Town Movement. As the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday draws near on Jan. 17, we wanted to share with you our introduction to this new DVD.We also invite you to download the Embracing the Dream discussion guide as a pdf (below), which includes hyperlinks to the individual videos. This guide is useful to spark discussion in your classroom, boardroom or lunchroom. We are so pleased that schools, churches and corporations will be incorporating these stories into their holiday lesson plans and activities. Our education partners at Facing History and Ourselves, are also commemorating Dr. King this month and have just posted wonderful educator resources on nonviolent social change. Information on these educational films can be found here.