Learning to be as maladjusted as Martin

January 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

“I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I suggest that you too ought to be maladjusted… I never intend to adjust myself to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination. I never intend to adjust myself to the tragic inequalities of an economic system which take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self defeating method of physical violence. I call upon you to be maladjusted.”

– – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

from "Palm of My Heart" by R. Gregory Christie

How are you spending Martin Luther King Day–in the company of good friends, family and neighbors; in solitude; in organized street marches; or in thoughts and memories that come midway during everyday strolls? So many ways to celebrate a life and a legacy. Whatever you do, and however you do it, I hope you take a moment, if not a lifetime, to reflect and act. And don’t forget- feel free to indulge me with any thoughts and stories you have stemming from Dr. King’s life and legacy.

If you’re sifting through the web for some reading material pertaining to Martin Luther King Day, here is my shortlist:

[] If you haven’t read Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, do it. And if you have, I know you won’t mind reading it again.

[] What would Dr. King say about Haiti? A short and thought-provoking piece from Jack and Jill politics that applies Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” address to the current situation in Haiti.

[] On the intersection between the immigrant rights movement and the civil rights movement

[] What if Twitter was available during Dr. King’s Time? An interesting and entertaining piece from Vanity Fair on what Dr. King’s tweets would look like.

[] Shameless self-promotion: You can read my interview with anti-racist activist Carmen Van Kerckhove, founder of Racialicious.com, at Campus Progress. She shares her views on racism today, advice for young people of color as they begin their careers, and challenges she faces as an anti-racist and social justice activist

[] How has Dr. King impacted your peers and fellow Americans? Why is he so important to some people, and not to others? Here, people, through a YouTube and Washington Post joint venture, express their views on how Dr. King has impacted their lives.


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