MLK and Motherhood
I began studying the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King in depth the winter of 2009 while pregnant with Amira. I no longer wanted to know Dr. King’s textbook surface level personality. I discovered there was so much more to the eloquent speeches of one of the best orators in American history.
Nearly 51 years after his death, his words still give power and meaning to many chapters of our lives, motherhood included. I find as though walking along this path of motherhood and all of its glory, I am challenged. I am challenged with helping Amira navigate as a future black woman in a world where we still are dealing with injustice, racism, and inequality as I myself am struggling with my own identity as a woman and a mother.
So what can Martin Luther King Jr. teach me, an empowered woman who is charging a young black girl to be courageous, dream and intelligent ?
Teaching our children how to be change agents like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., begins at home. Love, kindness and peace must start in the place we lay our heads and hearts. As a mother, Amira and my unborn should see love abounding and expanding in my daily walk of motherhood. They then will understand fully how to love thy neighbor, how to extend justice, and drive out hate.
Leading her by example, teaches Amira that her dreams can never be tainted because of the color of her skin or her gender. She deserves to be free. Free to dream. Free to live a creative an expressive life. Free to stand on the backs of her ancestors proudly.
As a mother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has taught me to surrender myself to the calling of raising black and biracial children who are bold in their actions, yet to be patient, kind and graceful.