Letter From Birmingham Jail



In sitting down and reading the Letter from Birmingham Jail my heart is heavy, my heart hurts. I sit back and think about what Dr. King would think about the progress we have made since he has left this earth. I sit and wonder if he would have the same tone now that he did all those years ago in the Birmingham jail. A tone of frustration, anger, and sheer disappointment with the progress we had made then.

59 years ago Dr. King wrote his letter from Birmingham Jail and here we are in 2022 and we have so much further to go. There are so many systemic structures that need more “tension”. From racial injustice to the way it has trickled down into our educational structures that keep the vicious cycle of poverty and injustice going. May we all raise a bit more “tension”. May we all advocate for the injustices in the structures that no longer serve the good of all humanity.

Bob Marley is another one of my most favorite humans and he fought for a similar cause, speaking of concrete jungles and people freeing themselves through the love of Jah, which is how he referred to God. “Get up, stand up, stand up for your right”. Though I know Dr. King and Mr. Marley are no longer with us in the flesh, I believe their words are true now more than ever. As I sit and reflect on all the human beings that I love, listen to, and admire, they all fought for something. Whether that be issues revolving racism, homelessness, inequality, gender bias, gender stigma…the list could go on and on. When I think about the type of person I want to be, I want to stand up unapologetically.

I want to stand up unapologetically for children in our education system. I want to stand my ground with the racial, economic, and gender systemic issues that have plagued our public education system for years. I do not yet know how I am going to do it but I know that it is part of my dream. As a privileged white woman in America I believe it is my calling to fight. I want to raise more "tension" in my world.

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