Sunday, January 15, 2006

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we are celebrating Martin Luther King's birthday.

"J" decorated the cake for me.

"A" brought home all her stuff from school as she has been learning about him this week.

Since he was born in Georgia, I googled the term "Georgia cooking recipes". We are having fried catfish, collard greens (which I have never made), hush puppies and corn bread.

It's not a low-fat meal but it will be oh so delicious. The chocolate cake for dessert adds a crowning touch.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

(An Excerpt from his famous "I Have A Dream" speech)

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


Blogger nobody1001 said...

I'd like to have been there for that dinner. It's pretty sad to think that there are still people who think they are better because of the color of their skin.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

That was a wonderful post and your cake looks especially delicious!

11:42 AM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

great post.

can i have some cake?

12:56 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks guys.

Babelbabe, I will always share my cake, at least until it's to the last piece Then you've got to arm wrestle me. hee hee

BTW, collard greens rock. Who'd a thunk?

5:56 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Is the cake gone now?

If not, you can send me some ;)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

The only cake left is hanging around my waist, unfortunately.

I don't think I will be baking anymore.

8:02 AM  

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