Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr Day - A Tribute

A giveaway being hosted by Lolidots inspired me to write this post about what MLK day means to me and my family.

If any of you fellow blog readers don't already know this, my children are biracial (black and white) and we live in a county where 43 years ago, a black woman and a white man were denied a marriage licence (see here) and they were forced to move away from Caroline County, VA, to be married in a state that allowed interracial marriages.

Well, this is so pertinent to my life because I am also a resident of Caroline County and I too am in an interracial relationship...and, without the endless societal contributions of those like MLK, Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Malcom X, Susan B Anthony and so many more (see here)
I would not be enjoying the freedom to live my life as I choose to live it with a man and children of mixed race...

With this said, I believe we still have a ways to go...especially in regards to same-sex rights. I am a firm believer in everyone being entitled to civil liberties (see my sidebar bio) regardless of how society as a whole views their beliefs.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day!

9 comments:

Lolidots January 18, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

Love this! Gave me chills! Thanks for participating!

Samantha AKA 'Mom of 3 In VA' January 18, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

Thanks for the inspiration! This story truly reminds me of where this country has been...and where we need to be. ;)

*Jess* January 20, 2010 at 12:57 PM  

Great post! I live in the South and agree that our country has a ways to go before everyone is treated fairly and equally, but am glad that changes have been made from the past!

Momof3inVA January 20, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

Thanks Jess! I feel exactly the same way!

Brandi January 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM  

This is a wonderful post. =) I'm also in an interracial relationship and I also have biracial children. I often find parrallels with how homosexuals are treated now and how interracial couples were treated during the time of the Loving vs Virginia case. I can only hope that one day my own children are shocked and can't believe that there was a once a time in our nation where people were not afforded the basic civil right to marry JUST because they happened to love someone of the same sex.

Momof3inVA January 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

Hi Brandi! Me, too...I truly hope our children, and grandchildren, and gret-grandchildren have to witness less, and less intolerance with each generation!

Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2 ... Now 3) January 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

I'm from va also and wantd to say hello.

http://couponmommyof2.blogspot.com/2010/01/wednesday-is-link-up-friendsday.html

im following you

Momof3inVA January 21, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

Hi Shannon...nice to 'meet' a fellow VA mommmy...going to check out your blog now! By the way, I am a coupon clipper, too! ;)

Kylee January 21, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Hey there-thanks for the comment on my blog. I so appreciate your kind words.

Your kids are beautiful!

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