We started the day off sitting around a big breakfast table in Oregon with our family friends. My friend Jodi had been wanting to establish some kind of MLK tradition so we shared a beautiful book called Martin's Big Words and the "I Have A Dream" speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr around the table with them that we've been reading for the last few years as a family on this day.
As we headed back from our weekend away, we headed straight to the MLK memorial on Martin Luther King Boulevard as we got into town. Thanks to the tradition that started in TN when we made a pilgrimage for several years to Lookout Mountain with Kristen Odmark, Leslie Mitchell and friends to hear MLK's speech read out loud, we have continued the MLK tradition here in Seattle here at the memorial we have in town.
(Kristen had this wonderful idea to make a road trip from Nashville to Lookout Mountain because in the speech, it says, "Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee." And I must say that while we were in TN, it was beautiful to get to shout out from that mountaintop with such a wonderful group of people: "LET FREEDOM RING!")
We went to the Seattle MLK Memorial for our tribute to Dr. King for the third year in a row here. We did some crayon rubbings of some of the awesome quotes memorialized there and read parts of his speech shouting out "Let Freedom Ring" from Seattle. (I hope that our shouts were heard all the way on Lookout Mountain today for our friends who gathered there today!)
our bunny Poppy even came for the tribute....
MLK Memorial- Seattle, WA
The park is designed around a black granite "mountain"-
a sculpture at the center of a reflecting pool,
inspired by his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech,
made the day before he was assassinated in 1968.
light of the world...
Martin Luther King preached, "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, that rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
a walk down memory lane below:
(and a glimpse at why I love traditions that we continue year after year to mark time and space with our family)