The Power Of Children – Dr. MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration


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Momsrising knows how to party. We also know recognize the power of Children. On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. birthday we celebrated his legacy with some of Charlotte’s most amazing people, the youth. Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January, 15, 1929 as “Michael King Jr?”

However, his father changed their first names to Martin and added “Luther” to his name as well as his son’s name. And both his father, Martin Luther King, Sr., and his mother, Alberta Williams King, were reverends.
Though he had a generally good childhood, from a young age, King saw firsthand the tough realities of the Jim Crow laws: the King family was ushered out of shoe stores because of their race, and he lost a young friendship due to racial differences.
He was a great student. He was admitted to Morehouse College at the age of 15. King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 with a B.A. in sociology.
After graduating from Morehouse, King enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Penn., and then also enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania. He was very successful at both schools and received many recognitions and awards. After graduating from Crozer, he began doctoral studies in Systematic Theology at Boston University in 1951, and then completed his doctorate in 1955.     

Can you imagine raising a child like him? I often wonder what his parents did to support such a powerful child despite the social distractions.

This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, our community came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the power of children. Our goal was to share a fun, kid focused, educational and most of all intentional day with our greatest and most powerful asset, our children.

To set the kid friendly tone, we played Dr. Kings speech,” If I Had Sneezed.”  Following was a storytelling by 12 year old Sybirah. Yes, I said a 12 year old storyteller.

Sybirah Young - StoryTeller

Storyteller Sybirah- Anasi And The Snake

Her powerful story was about the notorious Anasi. She was poised, articulate and engaging! The children listened to her every word! After that, children’s book author, S.Cherie read ‘Freedom On The Menu’ and ‘If Kids Ruled The World’. Those books proved to be a great lead into the on going craft workshop with Flo, of We Chic’d It.

It almost looked like an elf workshop, as paint, rocks, slabs of wood, and stencils filled tiny hands. Parents assisted in creating inspiring and beautiful pieces of art worthy to be posted on the families wall. Peek at some below.



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Later we enjoyed music performances by Brandy. and Niles, a 5 year old trombone player. You can watch both original videos online. Click here! And here!.




Like any good party, it is not complete without the birthday song and cake! One word, YUMMY! Oh, and Stevie Wonder would have been so proud to hear the children singing his song, that he wrote for his friend Martin. It was so harmonious! (listen to Stevie here.)

Before I end, let me give a big thanks to Momsrising’s generous co-sponsors and community supporters: Flo of We Chic’d It, The Black Ferris Bueller, Queen City Stay At Home Moms, Memorable Moments By Lee, and Imagine Publishing! Together we followed the blueprint of creating powerful children.

MLK Jr.’s advice for Mothers

Every third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.,his visions and simple yet wise desires for all people. But have you ever noticed how some of his best quotes are so relative to motherhood? (YES, Motherhood!)

What mom doesn’t feel oppressed at times? 

Mama said there would be days like this. Not everyday will be free wifi and yoga pants. Some days will make you want to pull your hair out! As a mother of 9,I know that disappointment comes with the territory. Some how Dr. King addressed that.

It would be great if it was really what you seen on the Huxtibales  where everything ends with a smile or like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where a charismatic, blended family is thriving with in the chaos. Reflecting on some of the powerful words of Martin Luther King Jr. I realized how complimentary his quotes are toward motherhood. He spoke a lot about endurance and maintaining character during edgy times.

The timing for this discovery couldn’t come at a better. Today was…… wait for it; “One of Those Days.” I was SO frustrated and felt that no one was able or capable of helping me. shop days

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know it’s ok to be frustrated.No mom should ever deny her feelings and emotions. But every once in a while, I do wish things would be different. The good thing is that I know that it’s okay to acknowledge my it AND keep it moving. Why? Because if things were indeed different, I would be different. My children, siblings, EVERYTHING would be different,and I’m not sure if I want that. Long pity-parties are okay for 40 minutes. I sit in it for a minutes, determine what part I could have done differently and if possible, figure way(s) to minimize it from happening again.  After many deep breaths, my favorite cup of tea,a quiet sit in my walk in closet alone and I’m good for the rest of the day. (In That Order!)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

door banging daysBad days are coming and some will be worse than others. Ultimately It’s what you learn, grow and correct from it. We moms must learn the value of endurance. Endurance requires planfulness and balance, not just strength of will. It calls from ourselves a renewed commitment and effort when we are confronted with challenges or hardship.  Endurance means that we remain steadfast even through criticism, monotony, and discouraging odds.

“There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Ok well, the pity part is over and it’s time to get back to celebrating Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day. Have a great day and ENDURE!

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. MLK Jr.