Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

My two favorite Maya Angelou quotations:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

Have you read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

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World Water Day

Today is World Water Day. In the United States, we take for granted the automatic presence of water in our kitchens and bathrooms, and we abuse our privilege by buying bottled water that contributes to environmental destruction. But in some countries, access to clean drinking water is a struggle. Some women walk hours a day to retrieve drinking water. Many die from using contaminated water.

Visit water.org to see inspiring photographs to honor our relationship with water.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

“We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I Have a Dream”
August 28, 1963
Have you listened to Martin Luther King deliver his speech? I know you’ve heard excerpts, but I hope you will listen to it in its entirety at American Rhetoric. (You can read the speech there, too, but you need to listen to MLK deliver the stirring words.) It is brilliantly constructed and delivered with such bravery and skill. Every time I listen to it, I feel inspired and I learn something new. I often feel angry that he was taken from me – from all of us – by hateful and selfish agents but then, he reminds me not to drink from the “cup of bitterness and hatred.” Instead, I’ll focus today on his dream for the future.

What the #$%@?

I am appalled by one of the people interviewed for a story that was broadcast on today’s episode of “Morning Edition.”

In the story, Steve Inskeep provided a clip of an interview from Tina Graham, a Virginian and Democrat who doesn’t support McCain but also doesn’t think she can bring herself to vote for Obama.

She said: “Until [Obama] was nominated to run for president, I never really thought about whether or not that I was racist, or however you want to put it…It’s just the fact that I think that he will represent [African Americans] in what they want and in what they need and stuff, and forget about — you know, they’re his people, they’re his race.”

Hey, Tina, the question is answered. Guess what? You are a racist! Thanks for playing.

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