Remembering the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe it is important to talk about life and death openly. Those two events are the two equalizer of humanity and I think it better for all of us to remember that death may be right behind us on a regular basis.

The start of this month marked 50 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. It is exciting to think of all of the amazing advances in our world that have taken place that time period: 3-d movies, handheld TVs, cancer treatment, grunge music, the internet, and hybrid automobiles and I could go on and on about the innovations that I have grown to love.

What is frustrating is that when it comes to equality and peace and many of the very issues King died for, we as a society have failed to dramatically move the needle very far in the right direction. The disparity of living conditions is all around us. Some have SO much and the rest have so LITTLE. Inequity is everywhere and the levels of institutional racism is still active in most sectors of life: education, employment, health care, housing, police brutality, and incarceration to name a few.

Remembering the death of Martin Luther King Jr. gives me (and I hope you) an opportunity to speak openly about the dream that has not yet can true for so many Americans and what you can do to keep up the fight. I continue to teach my children in little ways dropping lessons frequently and at random so they will not be avoided. I continue to pay attention to news and organizations who are working to support people that are outside of my demographic and marginalized.

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Open Arms Perinatal Services spring fundraiser where I was again inspired by the very powerful work that happens at birth to face a child and parents in the direction of bonding. When people of any walk of life have support and unconditional love they will thrive. Open Arms is an organization that is making positive waves in the world of many young lives. I was reminded that in my work I also have the opportunity to enhance lives.

I am hopeful that the next generation of active citizens, raised by the parents I work with every day, who strive to teach their children about what is right and wrong and in doing so with social consciousness there will arise new definition of right. The next generation will know that doing the right thing means standing up for ones self and for others. That doing the right thing means getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. That doing the right thing means taking care of yourself and taking care of others and lastly that the struggle of one marginalized community is an injustice to everyone. That love is the only power that can destroy evil and that nonviolences is more powerful than force.

So let us talk about the life and death of the remarkable, fearless hero Martin Luther King Jr. May his legacy lead us all be willing to lean further into the large and small social movements towards love, justice and equality.

About Amity Kramer

Amity Kramer has been helping families cultivate unconditional love since 2008. She is a Birthing From Within Mentor, Certified Gottman Educator, and founder of Thresholds. Amity leads soulful workshops for families in transition. She also is a practicing birth and postpartum doula which gives her a unique window into the joys and struggles of family life.

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