Monday, January 21, 2008
Honoring Dr. King
James Taylor's song "Shed a Little Light" is in honor of Dr. King. This video uses Taylor's song to highlight MLK Jr's legacy and to shed light on the incidents in Jena, LA (there is a description of Jena and how you can help at the end of the video).
I've been thinking about how I want to personally honor Dr. King's legacy today, the official MLK Jr. Holiday, and have decided that I will be writing a letter today (or perhaps several letters) to various government officials protesting the use of torture (specifically water boarding) of prisoners. Will it make a difference? The inner cynic says no. Is it enough? No on that score too--it's easy to write a letter from the comfort of my home office on my laptop computer. But it's a small start and perhaps a year from now I will have escalated my own small acts of resistance and be doing something more active. But before you can run you have to put on your running shoes, so I figure this is my first step.