Reflection can be good for the person reflecting, as well as those with whom they share, especially if it is regarding a positive and uplifting experience. Here are reflections from a few members of the Atlanta West End Rotary Club on how they spent their day honoring the legacy of Dr. King:
I spent the day on the campus of Frazer Center, a nonprofit providing inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities and their peers, facilitating a volunteer group from North Highland. We worked on the trails in the old growth forest on the Frazer Center campus, which is used as an outdoor classroom in our inclusive, nature-based preschool. Making our beautiful City in a Forest more accessible to people of all abilities was one thing we could do toward building Dr. King's Beloved Community. ~ Paige McKay Kubik – CEO Frazer Center
As I reflect on MLK Day 2021, I was focused on the need for justice for those that are being oppressed in my birth city, Atlanta. It is easy for me to focus on serving others with food, clothing, and shelter while ignoring the systemic racism that may have put them in the position to need me to serve them in the first place. So, on MLK Day 2021, I woke up as I do every day focused on how to use baseball as a vehicle to help hundreds of Black boys in Atlanta Public Schools struggling with grades, attendance, and behavior overcome three curve balls that threaten their success: crime, poverty, and racism. ~ CJ Stewart, CEO of L.E.A.D., Inc.
I watched the Ebenezer Baptist Church celebration of Dr. King with people from all over the world. Inspired by Dr. Bernice King and Bishop T. D. Jakes as they spoke of the relevancy of Dr. King's words, and progress made after his passing, even though we know we still have a long way to go to heal this country. I am grateful for days like yesterday that continue to inspire, teach and lead. It is necessary. ~ Rose Caplan