Just ever so randomly, I’ve become inspired to blog again. Sometimes, I feel like no one listens to me stand on my soapbox and just talk away at how the world needs more love, positivity and inspiration…. or bitching about how world leaders’ thoughts aren’t align with mine. (Except my love, but I’m not sure if he has a choice to listen or not). But I am wrong. More people have requested pops of inspiration, encouragement, and ideas.
The truth is, the world has plenty of love, positivity and inspiration–if we place our attention there.
The world’s eyes and attention is placed on Martin Luther King, Jr. for good reason today. His civil rights activism for America lead to freedom for people of all colors, not just black people. The human rainbow 🙂 He dressed with such style, thought so mindfully, and exuded so powerfully. His essence radiated through America’s non-violent movement. I mean, if you dress that nice, why would you want to ruin your attire?
Julee Wilson, Senior Fashion Editor, of the Huffington Post, shared an amazing quote from Robin Givhan’s essay. in her article, A Nod To The Enduring Style Of MLK And The Freedom Fighters about the stylish dignity the civil rights movement carried.
“Style, after all, plays the role of silent orator in most every form of protest. And as civil-rights advocates fought for their humanity, self-definition was a fundamental goal. Fashion was essential.”
Wilson described MLK’s style of dress to be sophisticated, refined and inspiring. It paralleled the way people fought for equality.
Even in today’s world, whether we like it or not, we are always being assessed. It was especially crucial in his era for how he presented himself. What we compete for is so petty in comparison. But it is true. We have to meet people where they are if we want them to receive what we want to give them–or achieve.
From his powerful wears to his casual attire. He always put his best into giving his best.
He met people where they were. If you notice in his photos, he’s dressed similar to the crowds he’s immersed in. He’s not trying to be big or small, he’s just meeting people where they need to be met, to relay his passion and move his non-violent movement across the nation.
When was the last time, a passion drove you to seek and find what you are looking for? MLK and his wife travelled to India to study how Mahatma Gandhi liberated India from the British. I’ve traveled to India for my passions, but not necessarily to progress humanity. Here, an Indian Radio Station found a long lost recording of MLK speaking about his inspiration, Gandhi. Thanks NPR! (Quote below)
“In a world since Mahatma Gandhi embodied in his life certain universal principles that are inherent in the moral structure of the universe, and these principles are as inescapable as the law of gravitation……And if his age is to survive it’s to follow with love and nonviolence.”
Here is MLK in the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
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