“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have made no secret of the fact that I consider Dr. King a hero. The incredible strength of a man understanding the need for people to stand equally strikes me as more than just a dream…it is the ideal. Seeing that there were people suffering, he reached out without regard for his safety to compel new thoughts and be a beacon in the darkness.
In my lifelong study as a young girl raised in the Deep South to the grown woman often roasting over the spit of Southern society mores, Dr. King taught me to hold my head up and experience the person that I am. With his words, and later the actions of the phenomenal woman that was his wife—Coretta Scott King—he cast the light for everyone, like myself, struggling to be “creatively maladjusted” to reach out to others.
The Powerful Lessons from Dr. King:
- “The ultimate measure of a [woman] is not where [she] stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she stands at times of challenge and controversy.”–Martin Luther King Jr. (Strength to Love, 1963): When I have been challenged and labeled with hatred for expressing my beliefs that women are sexual beings, I recall that, often, those who are right have to stand in the line of fire to prove it.
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”–Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963): As long as one woman feels alone or insecure about her sexuality, the virtual doors of the *Cathouse* will remain open and ready to share support for the potent power of being a woman.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”: My goal is to empower the women that I can reach and send them out to reach the women they can reach. I don’t need to take over the world with a sexual revolution single handedly. I know that every woman, seeing the example of another woman, can bring empowerment to the next. It is the gift we share as sisters, friends, mothers, aunts, and daughters. And so, we can not sit in silence while we watch each others suffer for fear of speaking the words.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” (Strength to Love, 1963): Nothing in the world is stronger than the bond created between women who share like experiences and gain strength in times of need. Speaking the truth shares a light all its own that people know instantly and understand instinctually.
“We must learn to live together as [sisters] or perish together as fools.”: In the moment we give up the fight to remind women that are sexual beings capable of enjoying all aspects of their lives with a heart flourishing from sexual acceptance and feeling of comfort in your skin, we give up portions of our soul because sexuality is as important as gender, race, or religious understanding to our individuality.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. King, in your honor, I bow my head for a moment of silence. Thank you for the grace of your presence. Thank you for standing up for those of us who would walk lightly in your shoes…knowing that we could not fill those large steps…but taking your inspiration as courage to speak out about the topics that engage our heart and use our words to reach out to others. May I always do you memory justice and every blogger across the blogosphere use the truth of our medium to continue to reach the world with your “Dream.” ~~Dee