Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Living as an ex-pat in France has given me an interesting perspective on America. I love my country of birth, but living away from governmental and media 'spin' on news and culture has changed how I perceive American life. Reading and viewing French and European news sources have given me a less 'America-centric' perspective on world events, issues and crises. Answering my friends' questions about how the U.S. government works and explaining American popular culture has made me dig deep. How do you explain states rights to people who have no concept exactly what a state is? Huge food portions, 24/7 shopping options, and unlimited access to guns all mystify people here. Distance and life away have made me question a lot of things.

But that same distance has also made me cherish some of the really good things about America. It's made me appreciate those men and women who have called Americans to a higher standard, to live in peace and justice with all people. Today, my country honors such a man. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I share with you a creative interpretation of part of his "I Have a Dream" speech. Fifty years later, we still have a long way to go to make Dr. King's dream a reality for those people who continue to be marginalized by our society...black Americans, Latinos, Asian and other immigrants, the poor, our LGBT brothers and sisters...but I have hope that Americans and all the people of the world will be re-inspired by Dr. King's words and make his dream their dream.

"I Have A Dream" from SALT Project on Vimeo.

I found this video in an 'On Being' newsletter. You can access it here. 'On Being' is an NPR broadcast hosted by Krista Tippett that discusses important ideas, religion, and ethics of our time. I have to admit that NPR is one of the very few things about living in the United States that I miss! Not quite the same listening to it on my computer.

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