Aspiring Humanitarian Heads to D.C.

Each year on Martin Luther King Day, I try to be intentional about taking out time to think of and be thankful for the many sacrifices of the past, and look at my life personally and professionally to evaluate and determine how I am currently fitting, as well as how I could better fit into working to continue a legacy of progress.

This year, I’ll be heading to Washington D.C. to watch the inauguration. I’ll have a couple of  generations with me, so I’m looking forward to having conversations about the cultural and historical significance of the event from varying perspectives.

One conversation I continue to hear over the radio waves concerns the importance of taking some time to explain the significance  of this event to young children. Some young people today might imagine a person of color in the office of  the President as being “normal”, while there are generations of people among us who are still old enough to remember when this same accomplishment was seen as being out of reach, and can still recognize the contemporary forms resistance and resentment at the fact that a person of color has been elected President.

I think bringing those perspectives together can make room for people from all sides to have opportunities to teach each other, and learn from each other.

What do you think? How will you spend MLK Day? 

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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