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January 16, 2017



Four things to do to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

+ Sign the #Our100 Pledge to support 100 women of color leaders as they resist in the first one hundred hours and days of the new administration. In the words of the pledge: “My work will not end at the ballot box. In the #First100Hours and #First100days, I will stand with women of color leadership. I will stand with women who are leading solutions that support a vision for Black lives, an end to violence against women and girls, power to make decisions about our bodies, health and reproduction, common sense immigration reform and an end to Islamaphobia. I pledge to take action to pursue a democracy and economy where we all have an equal say, and an equal chance.” 

+ Schedule a visit to the National Museum of African American History, the newest Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

+ Reread The Letter from Birmingham Jail, which includes one of my favorite lines: “We who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with.” (Plus nine other quotes worth reading.)

+ Plan to march on Washington, or anywhere, in the spirit of peaceful resistance. (Read the guiding principles right this way.)

“Hear Our Voice” poster by Liza Donovan.

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  • Reply Alix January 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    And here I thought you were offline welcoming #2!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Work to do!

  • Reply Katie January 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for speaking up and out and using your platform in this way.

  • Reply Kali Tate January 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for using your beautiful blog to speak up about the issues that matter and for giving your readers clear ways to help fight this upcoming administration. I have found your posts extremely helpful of late. Also, congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • Reply Grace Lovelace January 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you and thanks for many other posts!

  • Reply CalifNative January 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you so mu ch for continually educating this one.

  • Reply Lynn @ The Not Dead Yet Blog January 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I live in DC, and I’m still trying to get tickets to the museum! Maybe this summer it will be calmer.

    • Reply MK January 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I went first thing in the morning on a weekday and was able to snag a ticket. They have a small amount of day-of tickets available. It was so very moving — I highly recommend a visit.

  • Reply Kim B. January 17, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Or buy or order the trilogy of National Book Award-winning March, written by Representative Lewis and his two collaborators, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, for your middle school and up kids (or in my case, nieces).

  • Reply Elizabeth January 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    His words are as relevant & motivating today, maybe more so! “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. … [Must] reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom… [and] the appalling silence of good people”. We do have work to do!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 17, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Yes! So much to remember and bear in mind.

  • Reply ganching January 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for this. I shall be marching in London.

  • Reply Mary Kate January 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I’m still deciding whether or not to try and overcome my fear of crowds and march in NYC. I think it’ll be a game time decision. If I don’t go, I’ll just up my donations to one of the many worthy causes out there.

  • Reply Laura January 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for posting the link to the sister marches! I’m thrilled that there is one being held in my area.

  • Reply A.D. January 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Will be marching in Tennessee! Thanks for sharing information about the sister marches.

  • Reply Sheri S January 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for spreading awareness about this. March on my fellow sisters, I will be joining you.

  • Reply Sorcha January 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for being vocal about politics and issues that matter to us all. It takes courage to do so and inspires me to do the same.

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