EDITORIAL: Martin Luther King, Jr Day Make It Count

FB_IMG_1579528138040By Alejandra Stack, KidNewsMaker Founder/Publisher

When I was 11-years-old, I became the youngest member of the NAACP in the town I lived in outside of Atlanta. It was an incredible experience for me, especially with Mr. James Stocks as our president. That was around the time I thought of the idea to create this publication that you guys have been so amazingly supportive of.

Then when I was 12, I was elected NAACP Youth Council President and under Mrs. Corlis Long’s direction, I had even more of a passion to learn about history.

My mom has always been passionate about history and even taught it at high school level for some time. I enjoyed listening to her tell me about our heritage when I was little and even got in trouble once for correcting a teacher that Columbus never landed in America and told her that it was actually Guanahani in The Bahamas and the route he took and about the Taino and Caribs and the native words and stories we know about in the Caribbean. She also stopped telling me stories and started showing me places.

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Even now that I’m homeschooled, I love visiting historical sites. Dr. Stocks, who is now the vice-president for the state of the NAACP here in Atlanta took us to amazing places I’ll tell you about during Black History Month. Being someone who is mixed, I get to celebrate Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and Caribbean History Month in America instead of choosing just one.

So today, I want to encourage everyone to take some important lessons from Dr King. It’s not about being home from school. It’s about doing something to honor your community and impact your world. Here are some things you can do to honor Dr. King.

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  1. Stop bullying and being racist. Dr King told us to judge people for the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
  2. Don’t let anyone discourage you because they think you’re too young. This site is loaded with kids who started being great at a young age. Dr. King was so young compared to the other people who were around him. Do not be afraid to go for what it is you want in life.
  3. Stand up for what is right. Dr. King told us that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  4. Keep it moving. Dr King told us “if you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
  5. Do something – Plant a tree, volunteer, help a neighbor, clean up a park, pick up trash, spend time with seniors but do something.
  6. Share this post with a kid to encourage them to dream like Dr. King encouraged us to do, and live in harmony.

So what are you going to do today? Comment below. Also. Don’t forget to check out the latest editions of KNM and submit your news today!

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