I am living the Dream

by Talilah Douglas, Domestic Violence Specialist, GLIDE Women’s Center

The work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have been possible without all the men,  women, boys and girls that were ready to sacrifice their homes, jobs and careers, education and lives. I am so honored to come from a community filled with such an amazing history. I am also happy that GLIDE honors the holiday each year.

I celebrated this year by taking my nephews to celebrate Dr. Kings’ birthday at Yerba Buena Gardens and Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD). The youngest, who is 3 year old, kept saying “Ti-Ti (auntie) it is Dr. King’s birthday today!” I happily replied, “YES” each and every time he said it. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking that they will never have to know what it means to sit on the back of a bus, walk in through the back door, be sprayed with water hose or walk with their heads held down because of the color of their skin.

Dr. King had a vision and those who believed in his vision decided that we deserved to have the quality of life we have right now. All is not well in our country and yet it is so much better than it was before. We still have mountains to climb… but Dr. King was the hope and dream of my ancestors and I AM living the dreams of them all!

Check out a special Sunday Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King on glidesf.podomatic.com

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