Top Ten Things Not to Do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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It has been 93 years since Martin Luther King Jr was born. Today we celebrate his birth, although the actual day was January 15th. Today’s Top Ten is a focus on just one thing not to do. Do not hate your neighbor and take a lesson from Dr. King’s non-violent approach to change.

I wish for a day of peace that will become so comfortable that it extends into a week, then a month, then a year. Who knows? It could last a lifetime.

Let’s hope Dr. King’s example serves to guide our behavior going forward.

73 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was/is one of my heroes. We need his leadership now, if not in our Capitol, then in the streets and in our hearts. “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.” So simple, so relevant, so true. Thank you for focusing on him today, John. βœ¨πŸ’—βœ¨

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    1. I agree on the need for leadership. It has to come from the people. Thank you, Gwen.

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  2. wonderful message for this day or any day, really πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ“šβ˜•οΈ

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    1. Thank you, VR. πŸ©β˜•οΈ 😁

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  3. Excellent, John. That’s a perfect wish. Thanks for reminding us of a great man and his wonderful dream.

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    1. Thank you, Dan

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  4. I’m hoping with you, John.

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    1. Maybe a great sea of hope will turn the tide. Thanks, Pit.

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  5. Dr. King’s message has never been more important. Thank you, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  6. Perfect words for today, tomorrow, and the tomorrows to come. If people only knew – so I shake my head at those who still do not acknowledge his cause.

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    1. Yes indeed, Frank.

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  7. Hi John,
    I too wish for peace but a peace that exists in a loving and forgiving environment where people respect one another and agree that it’s okay to disagree. If that happens no one needs to be afraid and the next generations will grow up in safety instead of hatred.

    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Well said, Pat.

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    2. A tall wish, Pat. As I look around I see both sides of the political spectrum spewing the same venom. Dr. King’s lessons are being universally ignored. Shalom.

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  8. Beautifully said, John. Love over hate. Always. It would change the world if everyone decided to choose love.

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    1. It can start as a small movement and build. Unfortunately the government isn’t the answer either. As we swing into a socialist phase there will be more hatred espoused by both sides. Thank you, Dale.

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      1. Yes, it can.
        And no, government is not the answer. What you guys need is a third party to pop up, right in the middle…

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  9. It takes people to keep Dr. King’s dream alive and see it come to fruition. Count me in.

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    1. Thank you, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  10. This is a perfect Top Ten for today. Thanks.

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  11. Amen to that, John.

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  12. I wish for peace for the USA this week.

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    1. Thnk you, Charlotte. We welcome your wish. 😊

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  13. Simply and eloquently to the point, John. Terrific sentiment and post. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs

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  14. Well said, John! Peace and an end to hate are worth working for.

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    1. They sure are, Debbie. Thank you.

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  15. Perfect message and wish, John! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. 😊

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  16. I share your wish for peace, John. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  17. I’m hopeful, John. Thanks for sharing this. I love that statue/sculpture.

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    1. It is beautiful. Thanks, Barbara.

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Yes, perfect thing to take away from Martin Luther King, John. I hope many hear his message today and every day.

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    1. I do too, Denise. Thank you.

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  19. We need a ‘calming and soothing’ air to wash over the people, to fill their hearts and minds…sweet whispers from God to take away the greed and hate!

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    1. If only, Billy Ray. If only that would happen.

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  20. Such an important hope!

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    1. Thank you, Becky. Maybe the most important right now. 😊

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  21. I so loved this John. You said so much with very few words, the same way he did. I have a lump in my throat now. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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    1. I think we all ought to have a collective lump in our throat. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Susannah. πŸ€—

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      1. No, thank you John.

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  22. You have the perfect perspective, John, and I do believe it is shared by many. Thank you for this post ❀

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Marie. πŸ€—

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  23. Oh, I love that! Hate is such a poison.

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    1. It is, Luanne. Thank you.

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  24. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    So sad that history continues to repeat itself. Generations of hate can take a long time to overcome.

    I loved the curriculum teaching fifth-grade as social studies were all about US history. We spent a lot of time studying the civil rights movement, acting out the Rosa Parks bus ride. It was an age when we could get into important issues in-depth.

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    1. Hate is a tough one, Pete.

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  25. It’s a shame that this year’s celebration was overshadowed by events that he would have condemned. Perhaps by next year, we can have regained our senses, and the remembrance of his life and legacy can be more focused.

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    1. I agree. Looking forward to next year. Thanks, Linda

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  26. Yes! But let’s go beyond hope to ACTION.

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    1. Sounds good to me.

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  27. Excellent message, John. It’s especially fitting for this week as we (hopefully) witness a peaceful transfer of power.

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    1. There is seems to be enough firepower on the mall in DC for a peaceful transfer. Let’s hope all those knuckleheads decide to do something else like go to McDonalds instead of starting trouble. Thanks, Don.

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      1. Ironic that you need firepower to keep things peaceful. I don’t envy those poor military folks having to protect the area from our own misguided citizens.

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      2. I agree. But we can’t repeat the mistake made by the DC police.

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  28. Great message and tribute to MLK, John!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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  29. Too bad too many of us have seem to have forgotten his message.

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    1. Yes it is too bad, Noelle. Maybe over time we’ll remember.

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  30. Beautifully said, Boss.

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    1. Thank you, Marc.

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  31. Hear, hear! This was just perfect, John.

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  32. Good one, John.

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    1. Thank you, Andrew.

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