Monday, January 19, 2009

How are you going to celebrate MLK?

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As I grow older and more contemplative, it's a day that I value more with each passing year. This particular year is the manifestation of Dr. King's dream with Barack Obama being elected and consequently sworn in tomorrow. What a wonderful day for all of us here in America and across the world. All eyes will be watching this momentous occasion. I hope you all will spend today and tomorrow with those you love to celebrate our achievements and the challenges that civil rights leaders have overcome. No one thought it would be possible in our lifetimes but we did it. Today, I'm working but I plan to celebrate this day with contemplation by listening to speeches by Dr. King, particularly I
Have a Dream and songs such as Patty Griffin's lovely ode to Dr. King, Up to the Mountain. I've provided the lyrics below. You can purchase it and Dr. King's speeches on iTunes.

Lyrics to Up To The Mountain (MLK Song) :

I went up to the mountain
Because you asked me to
Up over the clouds
To where the sky was blue
I could see all around me
I could see all around me

Sometimes I feel like
I never been nothing but tired
And I'll be working
Till the day I expire
Sometimes I lay down
No more can I do
But then I go on again
Because you ask me to

Some days I look down
Afraid I will fall
And though the sun shines
I see nothing at all
Then I hear your sweet voice
Come and then go
Telling me softly
You love me so

The peaceful valley
Just over the mountain
The peaceful valley
Few come to know
I may never get there
Ever in this lifetime
But sooner or later
It's there I will go
Sooner or later
It's there I will go

[ Up To The Mountains (MLK Song) Lyrics compliments of Lyrics Mania
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