Martin Luther King Day

Happy Martin Luther King Day

 

I don’t think I will need to write a whole paragraph on why Martin Luther King Day is important to me, because if you have history books or pay attention to our history and care about our culture, then it would be obvious how he played an important part in our lives- even til this day. Some of you may not recognize him as an important model in our history but the man was, and he deserves respect for being able to endure the kind of hatred, violence, and racism that many of us have never came close to having to endure in own life time. For those of you who are not aware, my family is very mult-racial and back in his time that would be considered highly UNACCEPTABLE, that would be something to get a black women or black man killed, and put a white man or his family in danger of even thinking about wanting to get with my race. It was tough times back them and even though racism still thrives during this time, we have still come a lot further than we used to be. 

 

I live in a predominantly white town (mostly upper class) citizens and I have lived here all my life besides the 7 years I was living in different states. I have had to endure racism and ignorance growing up until my adult age now, just in this town alone and from my own race and also other races. It is scary to think that someone can hate you for the skin you are in, but if anyone has ever had someone make light of their differences due to color, it hurts because you don’t understand how one can make you feel inferior for something you didn’t choose but was born this way. I have a very strong family history, that I never realized until my adult years, because I didn’t really care as a teen or child — but now I see the steps my grandparents and great grandparents took to help me pave my own way in my own life and be proud of who I am no matter what others may think. 

 

Some of the things my family is known for doing is creating a street sign that says “Martin Luther King Blvd” in my town, of course it had to be approved by the state and city and of course it took some fighting I would assume, but because of them, in his honor they had it approved and still is a street sign for a bridge we have here in town. I consider that amazing, to be honest. We also built a library about black history for young people who need more information on our culture and history, I’d say that is a huge deal considering not many school’s history books hit every little detail. No offense. My family built that, in a town where the minority (which is me) is seriously a minority .. but I give them respect because I am sure someone hated to see it there, hated to know it was built on black culture, but guess what? it still stands! There are some other things they are known for, but what I am trying to get at is, because of them being proud of who they are no matter who was fighting against them, they were able to stay strong and do things that might have small meaning to most but for some of us, meant a whole lot.. ❤

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful Martin Luther King Day! 

 

Shay-lon 

My dream is to live in a world where being different is okay, not something we have to continue to fight for.. not something we have to be scared of, and not something that forces you to have insecurities. 

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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

7 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Day

  1. In Morden World we still aren’t ! But, the dream should be up held and we should continue to be good no matter what. For Mr King did say – Let No Man bring you so Down as to hate him” Because when we get so low as to hate then we have lost ourselves and then there is no chance to improve the world.

    I hear your post Shay-lon. I too have experienced what I should not have had too. But, I will not let my character fall for them.

    Beautiful heart felt post.

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    1. Bella,
      Thank you, that is my first time hearing of that quote but I definitely understand why you used it in this case , because you are right, in order to better the world around us and to hopefully keep our character in tact we shouldn’t allow someone to take us to lows that we would normally never go to because of their ignorance.

      I appreciate your kind words. It is nice to know you can relate in some way to this post.

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  2. Hi Shay-lon! It is pretty crazy that in 2017 we still have to reaffirm the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s accomplishments. Like you said, by now his importance should be self-evident.

    It was also great to hear about your family’s history, and all the wonderful things they’ve done. I can’t imagine what sort of resistance they had to deal with to build a library about black culture or get an officially-sanctioned Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd sign installed. You have every reason to be proud of your family.

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    1. Josh,
      I know many places don’t recognize it, because it is just another day, but we celebrate Columbus Day and he wasn’t what he was cracked up to be, if people really looked into things — but that’s neither here or there, point being, I think Martin Luther King Jr day isn’t just a day, it is a day we should understand be thankful for no matter what ethnicity we fall in. I know every race might have had their let downs, but let’s be happy it isn’t anything like it was back in his time.

      Also, thank you, I appreciate it.

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  3. It’s amazing that we have come this far but we still have a long way to go when it comes to fighting against racism and amazing people like MLK remind us of everything we have to fight for!

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