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inspiration sunday: we heart black history month

happy february! there is a lot to look forward to this month, and one of the most important is Black History Month. this is the time to reflect a bit more on the important impact of African Americans in our little part of the world, as well as a time to learn and understand how racism affects everyday lives. most importantly, it is the chance to see that equality, acceptance, and love are the best ways to move towards a more beautiful world.

we have been moved by many talented, visionary, and powerful African Americans over the years. here are a few of our favorite heroes that we want to salute this month…

Nina Simone owned one of the most unique and stunning talents one could ever hope to hear. her songs will give you chills, from the haunting racism of Strange Fruit, to the sensual beauty of Lilac Wine, and everything in between.

ninasimoneMichelle Obama is the first African American First Lady, and has an impressive list of accolades, including a successful career as a lawyer. As First Lady, she has initiated many successful programs on health, education, and families, with a special emphasis on women’s issues including health care.

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Maya Angelou is a masterful writer, whose prose is inspirational, empowering, and bold. she has penned countless poems and books over her decades-long career, including Phenomenal Woman, a moving piece for all women that inspires us to to be our greatest… and know that we already are.maya_angelouRosa Parks changed the course of history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in segregated Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. from then on, she stood as one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.

rosa_parksBillie Holiday is synonymous with soulful, sensual blues. she tore down racial and gender barriers and broke records with her graceful songwriting and performing.billie_holidayOprah Winfrey has created a spectacular one-woman empire that encompassed not only her record breaking talk show, but books, merchandise, a (fabulous) magazine, and even a television network. her refreshing and lively work always focuses on the spirit of strong women of varied backgrounds, sizes, ages, and ways of life.oprah_winfrey

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inspiration monday: we heart Martin Luther King Jr Day

dr_martin_luther_king_jrEquality, love, and peace are too rare a commodity in this world that we live in. thanks to the work and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the world is  a bit more equal, a bit more loving, and a bit more peaceful. he was an integral part of the 20th century’s Civil Rights Movement as a powerful speaker and strong leader, but most importantly as a man who believed in nonviolent protest. he was one of the few, especially in such a tumultuous time in our country and our world, who believed that peacefulness could lead to conflict resolution. His theory was proved right, as he and his beliefs played a role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made racial segregation in the United States illegal, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured equal access to the right to vote for African American citizens. He was arrested 30 times for his involvement in civil rights activities, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

His marriage to fellow activist Coretta Scott King, was a thing of beauty. In keeping with their beliefs of love, peace, and equality, the pair were an inseparable couple, working, living, and raising their family together until his death in 1968.

Every year we celebrate on the Monday nearest his January 15th birthday. This observation of his birthday became a national holiday in 1983. On this day, we are all encouraged to reflect on our lives and the world we live in, thinking about Dr. King’s principles of peace and love, and how we each play a role in creating a better future.

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service