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3 reasons why I will ALWAYS respect the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

3 reasons why I will ALWAYS respect the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I am going to be perfectly honest with you.  This post would actually be the length of a book because I can simply go on for hours about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  There’s no reason for me to prolong this because it’s simply my opinion, and if you want to start somewhere watch the movie, Selma.

I will be brief and give you three reasons why I will ALWAYS respect the legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize Winner.  In no particular order because I may expand on this topic later.

  1. Sacrifice:  Have you seriously sat down and thought about the sacrifice of Dr. King and his family.  His family shared Dr. King with us at a time where there was complete darkness.  The African American community was tired of being second class citizens.  Dr. King took the leadership role and changed this country forever.  That leadership did not come without sacrifice (especially family).
  2. Leadership: Let’s be honest some of us need a leader.  Someone has to take control of the situation without focusing on titles, or receiving all of the praise.  Dr. King realized that the Civil Rights Movement would not progress without partnerships from those that were willing to take as much risks as he did. Every team needs a leader that is driven by faith, passion, and love.
  3. Faith: There is no secret that Dr. King was grounded in faith. Faith was essentially the basis of his, “I have a dream…” speech.  The faith that with persistent behavior and faith in God that our country would progress in the direction that would be a place suitable for his children.  The dream that future generations would be identified as equal amongst their peers in this nation that was built by our ancestors.  Got faith?

There will never be another Dr. King, but we can also learn so much from his leadership, sacrifice, and faith in a movement that changed the shape of our reality.  Some of us have family members that were present during the marches that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement.  We have family members that were local activists and used the strategies of Dr. King as the blue print to form a collective in order to make the community inclusive of all its residents, and not to exclude anyone.

On this Monday I am spending time with people of my own community celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, and discussing where we dropped the ball that caused the disconnect in order to thrive as a whole in our own neighborhoods.  We have the power to shape the next generation.  Let’s not spend another day focusing on what the community can do for us, but focus on what we can do for our community instead.  When we decide to work together as a community, everyone WINS.

 

XOXO,

RJ

Blow Out EVERY Candle! A Letter to R.J. from Ronnika…

Blow Out EVERY Candle! A Letter to R.J. from Ronnika…

I woke up for my 5:30 AM workout with a new mindset.  How bad do I want to be the best ME this year?  I’ve never wanted it so bad.  Getting my finances, health, and spirit in order, and celebrating my birthday!  Yes! O-o-o-ah-ah-ah, Turn up! Lol.  I honestly chose to chill today, reflect on how far God has brought me, and continues to keep me.  So, I decided to write this letter to myself.

Dear R.J.,

It’s the year of 32.  Girl, you look great!  Skin is glowing, and you are finally walking in your purpose.  I know that before you lost your way.  You continued to blame yourself for past mistakes, but girl all is forgiven.  Seriously, it’s apart of growing up.  We make decisions that shape our story, and sometimes we make bad decisions.  I don’t want you to focus on anything negative anymore!  Do you hear me?  Your past is your past.  Girl, let it go.  You had to go through those things in order to be stronger.

Remember when you moved to North Carolina with $100 to your name because you really wanted to go to grad school?  Girl, God was right there, steering the boat, and you were sitting right behind him with your mustard seed in your pocket.

Some of the best advice you received that year was the reminder from your dad that kept you out of a physical altercation at work.  “Never let em see you sweat!”  I look at your TimeHops and I see how much you’ve grown.  You’re not the queen of verbal “clapbacks” anymore, you know how to resolve a situation as an adult, and choose not to respond to ignorance, but instead you educate.

Oh yes, the photo of you blowing out your birthday candle.  That was the last birthday before your accident, right?  That could have easily been your last birthday.  But God.  Eh, makes me want to shout!  Chile, that accident is the reason why you and your dad were able to experience the miracles, signs, and wonders of our mighty God.  God’s grace.  That accident made you stronger, and turned you into a beautiful butterfly.

Don’t dwell on bad decisions in finances, business or relationships.  You are a rockstar because of it.  I want you to realize that without those events you wouldn’t be able to share inspiring stories, or see your growth.  It’s your year of restoration.  Walk in it!

I’m proud of you.  Do you know where you were last year?  Girl, you were going through it.  You were so unhappy.  Your unhappiness made you focus more on your gifts though.  You began writing more, you were working with your illustrator, filming behind the scenes for the Final 48 Project, and almost landed an appearance on the Wendy Williams show.  I know, I know, they ran out of time, but next time girl you will be a guest on her show, and many more.  You just watch, it’s coming.  Don’t forget to have your people, call my people so we can do lunch.

I’m so excited about this year.  I see you evolving into the woman that God wants you to be.  I want you to eliminate any fear or doubt that you’re not where you’re supposed to be.  I know that your nomad spirit is dormant, but it’s because God is teaching you things that you will need for the future.  Continue to trust Him, and spend more time with Him.  Keep positive individuals around you that will encourage and check you when needed.  You’ve been blessed with such an amazing support system, so don’t forget to share your love with them this year.  They need it as much as you do.

Don’t be afraid to leap and continue on your quest of #SteeleThankful You will connect to the right dots soon enough.

 

Xoxo,

Ronnika