As I reflect on the amazing role Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played in our history, I ponder how to capture the wisdom, tenacity, and hope he inspires in my life. In writing this reflection, I hesitate as I know that doing so quickly becomes one dimensional. The influence Dr. King had on our country is incredible and continues to be pertinent as we navigate divisive political discourse, economic disparity, and globalization in the news and our daily lives. And even though I will fail to capture all of what Dr. King can continue to teach us, I want to take time to honor who him.
In my reflection of his life, I’m most often struck with how dedicated to justice, both local and global Dr. King was. I’m also inspired how his commitment was often captured in both his call to action and to service. Some fear taking action as this word often triggers concerns about political allegiance with one side or the other. However, when I think of action, I reflect on forward moving and indefatigable set of decisions that make the world around you a better place for those in your immediate community. As I ponder Dr. King’s emphasis on service, I find myself drawn to a similar conclusion, that we can make a difference in daily actions that benefit those in our own community.
In so many of his speeches and sermons, Dr. Martin Luther King placed emphasis upon love over hate, altruism, doing good for the benefit of others, and being a force of change in our world.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
In this spirit, Black Mountain Academy staff and students intend to be a force of good in the world through action and service. Last year, we partnered with numerous organizations that have meaningful impact on our local community. We served with, labored alongside of, and supported people around us doing good in the world and as result made a greater impact than we can on our own. In so doing, a little more love is being spread and our students as well as staff have grown in the reciprocal impact of doing purposeful positive work.