I spent this afternoon at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. People were everywhere!
I saw lots of kids and even ran into a family of four generations—great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and kids. They asked me to take their picture in front of Dr. King.
I like to visit the MLK memorial because it’s so inspiring. My favorite quote is carved into the stone and it says, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Well, with all due respect, Dr. King, I would like to change a couple of words:
The ultimate measure of a girl is not where she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she stands at times of challenge and controversy.
My parents always tell me to “be thankful” for the gifts that I have: a beautiful mind, healthy body, and friends who love me. And I think Dr. King would agree that we should not only give thanks for what we have, but also speak up for all the people who aren’t so fortunate…or comfortable.
“An individual has not started living,” Dr. King said, “until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Thank you, Dr. King, for sacrificing your life so that Isabel and I can have opportunities in ours. Like you said, we will remain true during our times of challenge, and we’ll continue working hard to serve the broader concerns of all humanity.