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In Honor of #MLK DAY

Being black is a state of mind, not a state of being.

To the "black race," Malcolm X stopped being "Negro" a long time ago. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for change, while in peaceful protest, and further sacrificed his life for it. These men and others of ALL races, fought for our freedom as nations of the world. So, why do things to undo the sacrificial work of these martyrs? Have we forgotten the "I Have a Dream Speech? It would appear so!

The Emancipation Proclamation has been signed and made law for centuries now. Voting rights, the rights to attend whatever school you choose, drink at what water fountain you choose has been fought for, and should be revered. Let's walk in peace, do the right thing, set a good example for your children so that they will know that you care, and understand that if you break the law, you will be prosecuted by the law. You know that hate, jealousy, envy, and other crimes will plague you in your communities, but you must not waver in doing what is right and upright. Evil should not repay evil, in your hearts. Remember, that is done in the dark will always come to light. So, while you are children of the light, be diligent in shining your light in the dark places. If you are not doing this, it means you are not walking in the light, for a person cannot give what they do not have.

I humbly pray that you, ask God to give you peace in your souls, hope in your hearts, along with forgiveness so that you and your generations will forever be free. Give your children a glance at what dignity, honor and truth really looks like. Get busy refining who you are, stop being annoyed when people call you" negro," especially when you act like your were never free! Stop being "black," start being human.

Rise up! Being "black" is a state of mind- what you think or what was said to you. Your true being is a person that God loves, and values. So, start thinking about yourself, the same way that God thinks about you!

Love and Light,

Crystal E. Melville, Th.D

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