Monday, January 18, 2016

Marting Luther King full speech. Great tradition to listen once a year with the entire family!

My wife is an elementary school teacher by traid. This MLK day she asked us all to watch the full 17-minute Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech (PDF transcript) on MLK today. It's often hard for me to slow down and prepare for something like this on a busy day off of personal projects (concrete pour in basement, etc).

It was great though! What a teachable moment MLK day is. We got the full speech on a big TV and got the kids and relatives in the same room. The kids were quickly distracted, but they stayed with us and whispered and kept looking up at the video. Simply by being the room, and see us experience this world-class speech, is educational.

It's a great speech says Captain Obvious, full of lessons about society, writing, communication, truths, and with such moving poetry, delivery, and imagery. In the video, one can see one way to protest effectively (hint: wear suits, be serious, disciplined, nonviolent, and have one single main message). If you're interested in more on protesting tactics, watch Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. I grew up with protesting parents, and have been to many, and this documentary BLEW MY MIND with how much power can be harnessed by professionalism and clarity of communication.