Monthly Archives: May 2012
Today I am humbled and blessed by the contributions the people in my life – my family and friends are making in society. Whether it’s teaching dance in India, or in Korea, Japan, or Chile teaching English, or providing medical care in Haiti, or being tenured at John Hopkins University, or a lawyer and recent liver transplant recipient dedicating her second chance to saving lives, or an Engineer reinventing himself as a lawyer, or a dancer filming her first ever film, or a sister doing a one woman show, or a life coach helping people to get it together, or a brother helping people who have been incarcerated or at risk to get on their feet, or a student flipping their tassels and switching gears to the future, or a cancer survivor uplifting others facing tough circumstances, or a mother creating and protecting life, or a dancer pursuing their dreams, or a poet turning their back on the American dream to uplift souls, or an artist painting truth, or working with young women in Kenya —
You are the heroes and role models of today.
You are the souls shining light in the dark places.
You are the dream and the hope that our ancestors fought for.
You are amazing.
Thank you for inspiring and giving me a reason to believe that we can and do make a difference.
“I am not a racist…. In the past I permitted myself to be used…to make sweeping indictments of all white people, the entire white race and these generalizations have caused injuries to some whites who perhaps did not deserve to be hurt. Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as a result of my recent pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true…Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenants of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.” — El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (formerly Malcolm X)
Happy birthday brother, there is still a lot the world can learn from you.