It's also Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the United States. It's good to see everyone giving this day as much respect as it deserves. Especially e.l.f. cosmetics who left this in my in-box this morning.
Sooooo classy. I'm pretty sure that discount cosmetics were the very thing that Dr. King was thinking of when he said "I Have A Dream"! And here's to all of the retail outlets today who are offering discount sales on mattresses, furniture, clothing, cars and housewares. I'm pretty sure that's what he had in mind too. Last year, K-Mart offered free shipping on their website when customers put in the code "MLKDAY" in the checkout's coupon code field. No sign of that this year. Maybe they finally figured out that it was just a bit too, too much?
If you want to be inspired by some of Dr. King's speeches today, go here. There is full text of the speeches and you can hear audio from the majority of them through the players at the top of each speech's page. It's so hard to believe that he was only thirty nine years old when he was killed. Thirty nine years old. Just think of what he accomplished in those short years. One can't help but imagine what more he would have done if his life hadn't been cut so brutally short.
Here is his very last speech, made the day before he was killed: I've Been To The Mountaintop. Click the audio player under the photo to listen. And if you haven't already, please watch Freedom Riders. It's an absolutely amazing documentary. I'll readily admit that it made me wonder how brave I would be if put in the place of just one of those souls who climbed on the buses and headed South, risking their lives to fight for equality and justice.
Until next time,
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