Thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


As a teacher (and, therefore, as a state employee), I have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off of work. In this current age of rising open racism and intolerance, I’m considering the horrible irony that this day is still a recognized federal American holiday, and I’m taking time to consider some thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

I’m thinking about Justice, Strength, Temperance, and The Star, and the fact that these values are considered so crucial to the human experience that they are included among the major tarot cards.

We are all touched by injustice. And we all must fight against it in our own personal, capable ways, from each according to their means.

We have all had our strength tested. And we each prove we can rise above.

We all have felt the imbalance of power, directed against who we are. And we can demonstrate that we are more than our applied identities.

And mostly, we all hope for a better world for us and for the future generations.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

The cards used in this post are from the Linestrider tarot deck.