Adyashanti (via ashramof1)
King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”
Dear Nelson Mandela,
You are the epitome of humanity. You leave behind a legacy so rich that it will continue on to many many more generations. Whenever I think of you, I feel the same sentiment on every occasion; how does someone have so much forgiveness in them?
You have leadmany against oppressors and apartheid; and when words did not work you had the courage to do what was needed in a time that desperately called for it. You fought a guerilla war. You spent almost all of your adult life in prison for taking action to bring equality. 27 years. Anyone would come out of that a bitter person, an unforgiving person. To be locked away for wanting your basic rights is something that can gnaw away at the human spirit.
But not you. It only heightened your want for change. You did so first by forgiving who put you behind bars. By wanting to lead humanity forward and not dwell on the years you lost. It takes a huge heart, a soft spirit and enormous courage to do any of that. But in acknowledging this, we should never forget that you indeed fought a fierce war (forced to fight a fierce war) to make any change possible.
You had empathy, forgiveness, compassion and a steely determination. No human being should ever be subjected to labelling, segregation, racism or injustice due to their colour, race, religion or gender. It will not be tolerated - it should not be tolerated. Inequality in any form cannot be tolerated.
We are all human, we are equal and we all have rights. If challenged; we will fight for these rights. Because we believe in humanity and believe in ourselves. Because you showed us the human spirit will endure everything for freedom and liberation. You will always keep inspiring us for social change.
And in the words of the poem that inspired you;
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul
May you forever rest in peace.