Honoring MLK at She Writes
Written by
Deborah Siegel
January 2011
Written by
Deborah Siegel
January 2011

Please use this space to share links, posts, photos, poems, words in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


For starters, check out these words and images posted by fellow She Writers:


Walking in Memphis - Remembering MLK, by Tayari Jones 

MLK...Thank You, by Amy Wise 

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  • Neasha Clarke

    An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Dr. King, I salute you, I honor you, I thank you for standing up up when others sat down. I thank you for being a man of integrity, justice, love, courage, humility and Godly character. Because of you, today many of us are able to D....R....E....A....M again!

  • Neasha Clarke

    Keep Your Dream Alive!

    Your dreams are not far-fetched, they may only make sense to you. The people around you may not understand or even agree with you, because it's not their vision- so it's not for them to see. Look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, Tyler Perry, and many others. What do they all have in common? They all had a dream, kept it close to their hearts, ran with it, and didn't allow anything or anyone deter them from going after it. So friend, keep on dreaming and one day your dream will come to pass. ~ Neasha Clarke

  • Nonqaba waka Msimang

    The introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu prompted me to buy this book: The Words and Inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr. from Wild Dog Press.  I liked the idea of a South African commenting on the American experience.  We tend to isolate history, this is mine, that is yours when it is essentially a human experience. I like the book's fee.  It is a hard cover with a spine i haven't seen in a long time.  


  • Lisa Sachs

    I enjoyed reading your blog Allison. I was part of a committee in Evanston, Illinois that planned some events for our town. It brought back memories to me of participating in the Civil Rights Movement and I blogged about it on http://recipesforabetterworld.blogspot.com

  • Dera R Williams Writing

    Your blog title was catching Allison and the words were so appropriate. Great blog.

  • allyson lang

    From a post I wrote yesterday, all the things I don't want to teach my children about Dr. King, http://northsidefour.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-history.html, and all the things I know that I should.

  • Lisa Sachs

    Please take a look at all the good things we did in Evanston, Illinois on www.acommunityofone.org.

  • Deborah Siegel Writing

    And Amy Wise, we (and She Writes) love YOU!!!!

  • Amy Wise

    This is my facebook post today:

    So honored to find the dedication I wrote yesterday to MLK on a She Writes page dedicated to him. Can you see my smile? I love She Writes and all the awesome women writers from around the world! It's an amazing community that I'm so lucky to be a part of!

  • Joyce Evans-Campbell

    When MLK died, I cried. I was young and didn't quite know what would happen next. I'd always been a person who looked ahead. I did know that times would not  be the same without this eloquently spoken leader. His words are stuck in my head and I love quoting him every chance I get.


    I've written a blog about what King Day might mean to him and his greatness might consider our national shame, etc.

  • Melanie Eversley

    A link to the piece I wrote for USA Today, updating the public on plans for an MLK memorial in Washington. The opening is scheduled for Aug. 28, anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. Joseph Lowery share their perspectives. http://bit.ly/fCCMn

  • Kimberly Cain

    What a wonderful day for contemplating Dr. King's inspirational gifts. I watched a couple of videos of his speeches & could feel the power of his words, his spirit in my bones. He inspires me to keep inspiring others. We all need that continual breath. Here's my blog post on Naked Prayers - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Let Freedom Ring!.



  • Angela Schaefers
    my post on facebook today (including the link);
    Martin Luther King Jr. was not born a hero... he made a choice to educate himself, stand up and use his voice and to live out his purpose! Celebrate his day by learning something from his positive role model to all!
  • Norma Jarrett

    ‎"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." - MLK, Jr.

  • Deborah A Bailey

    Here's a link to a blog on WSJ.com which mentions books that deal with MLK's life and legacy. http://on.wsj.com/h9qV0V

  • GloriaFeldt

    Here is my blog post for today, entitled "MLK Inspires Our Power-To." As Dr. King was a master orator, I started last year asking people for their favorites among his inspiring quotes. I have quite a collection now that SheWriters might enjoy, linked in the text below.

    Inspiration is balm for the soul and a powerful kick in the resolve to take action.

    Last year, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on his birthday, I posted this call to share his quotes that have most inspired you.  I hope you’ll go read them, for I know you’ll be inspired to use your “power to” to take action. (NB, in my book, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, I urge women to define power on terms we like, as the power to accomplish good things in the world as opposed to the oppressive idea of power over that has prevailed for millenia.)

    Upon rereading the quotes, I was struck by what  King said about power: “I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” In words far more eloquent than mine, King tells us to define power on our terms. To reject the oppressive power-over model; to use the power to, in order to do good.

    As I  mourn the effects of power over, carried to its logical extreme by Jared Loughner  in Tucson a week ago, I am so grateful for King’s uplifting words. They  remind me to celebrate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ moral, right, and good use of her power to make life better for her constituents, her state, and the nation.

    And I am inspired all over again.

    What MLK quote most inspires you to use your power to? Please share it here to honor Dr. King’s birthday. You can also see his "I Have a Dream" speech there.


  • Paula Shore

    On this day commemorating Dr. King I have several memories that are quite strong because the impact he had generated not only his great lessons and leadership but signs of his time for me.  When the civil rights movement began I was of an age where I had opinions and some understanding of my world.


    I grew up outside of Washington D.C.  We lived in a white only society so in the late 50's when I was about 7 or 8 my family drove down to Florida for a vacation where racism was an accepted norm from the Carolinas and beyond.  I remember us stopping at a gas station, probably in Georgia, where I saw 'white' only signs on the restroom and water fountain.  There was a 'colored' sign above another water fountain.  I asked my Mother what that meant because I thought 'colored' water might be more interesting.  She told me that some people didn't like negroes and felt they should not drink the same water as us.  I asked her 'what's the difference?'  She said that someday I would understand.  I saw the shacks that people lived in and thought I'd never understand.

    In the summer of 1963 before the march on Washington I remember the anxiety that seemed to come from everywhere about all these 'negroes' coming to D.C. and what that might mean.  Even my sister was nervous and she was younger than me.  It seems the media had communicated apprehension very successfully.

    Nonetheless, on the day of Dr. King's speech we were all gathered around the TV to see what was going on.  I saw crowds like I'd not seen before and there was music.  Then there was Dr. King in front of my favorite spot in Washington, the Lincoln memorial.  And then there was the speech...I cannot recount it fully from memory but I remember how I finally understood something that began on our way to Florida.  I understood that change had to come and this man was bringing it.


    So, as I reflect on this and my feelings about Martin Luther King, his family and his legacy I thank him for giving me on that day the curiousity to read Baldwin, Wright, Morrison, Walker, and others who helped me understand what the shacks, the signs and other signs of oppression meant.


    I've had few heroes in my life:  Mohammed Ali, Dr. King, RFK, and a few others who changed the world and my view of it but I am grateful to have lived in Martin Luther King's time and now Obama's.  I rejoice at all my memories and the changes that have come.


  • Cynthia Haven

    Just finished a post on the MLK legacy -- where did all his stuff go?  The story is complicated, winding its way among several universities, a few entertainment stars, and a couple of auction houses. It even has kind of a happy ending:  http://bu.tt/cvp

  • Carol Porter
    "Love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe."
      --  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Connie Whitener

    I have been so fascinated by Dr. King, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and others who were outspoken and saw their lives come to a tragic end.  I run a segment on my blog called "What he said: A conversation with my guy friend" on Sundays.  Today I decided to do a special one...wondering what it would be like to interview Dr. King.  http://www.yourboyfriendsbestgirlfriend.com/2011/01/if-i-could-interview-dr-martin-luther.html

  • Zetta Brown

    My older sister was born a few days after his assassination. I remember when his birthday was declared a federal holiday. I was one of a handful of black students growing up in white suburbia and we had to inform others just how important this honor was, not just to recognize Dr. King, but to recognize what the Civil Rights movement was about. 


    And I also encourage everyone to visit the "Oil and Water..." blog and read fellow She Writer Melanie Eversley's article about two unsung heroines of the Civil Rights movement.


  • Alex Iwashyna

    After some painful research, I found a less serious side of Martin Luther King. The Reverend could totally tell a joke! Enjoy: Happy MLK Day! No Joking Allowed!




    Alex blogs at LateEnough.com when she's not parenting, teaching or laughing. Okay, sometimes when she's doing all three.

  • Léna Roy

    From my blog, Léna's Lit Life. www.lenaroy.com

    Thank You, Dr. King

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
    — Martin Luther King Jr.
    I'd better write this tonight while I'm bleary-eyed, before I read all of the well written and thought out blogs tomorrow, celebrating what would have been your 82nd birthday. Before reading more about the Arizona gunman and people pleading for another charismatic leader to stop the madness. Then I would certainly chicken out. But tonight, it's just you and me. I LOVE celebrating you - always have (and not just because we got a day off of school).
    You were murdered the year I was born, a fact which has always frightened/fascinated me. Do we really live in a world where good people are punished? How can there be a God? Yet you were a man of deep faith, embodying this idea of radical love and have always been  one of my biggest heroes. Darkness begets darkness . . . we are what we think and believe, aren't we, Dr. King?
    You planted a seed of social activism that blossomed and complemented my Christian/bohemian upbringing: your crossover of Christian ideals and Ghandi-like philosophy appealed to my budding soul. You were responsible for my becoming politicized: as a teen I marched and I canvassed for no nukes, civil rights, gay rights, women's rights, the environment. I wanted to live in and believe in a world where radical love was possible. I lost my faith in my early '20's, Dr. King. I had some difficult times and some hard knocks. Then I channeled my energy into becoming a therapist, a mother, a writer, but always with the hope of being of service. 
    My husband and I were awed by the National Civil Rights Museum when we drove through Memphis on our cross country road trip 13 years ago. The museum was built around the Lorraine Motel where you were assassinated. We spent an entire day there, hearts in our throat. It's one thing to have knowledge of these events, and quite another to have visual and tactile context.
    My faith ebbs and flows, but I love taking time to remember you, Dr. King - a man whose spiritual and civic duty were one and the same. A man who died for what he believed in. 
    Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

    Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.