On having dreams…

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one amazing man.  
Last year my daughter’s class went to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis (which is located at the site of MLK’s death.)  A very, very, moving place- if you haven’t been you need to go.  
Bring lots of tissues.
Lorraine Motel at National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
My son had a disturbing dream the other night.  
He said he was in a land like TRON, but he was green and there were green and blue people.  He said it was horrible because he was friends with a blue person and they put him and his friend in jail because people of different colors weren’t allowed to be friends.  They had to escape and run away and he fought for the laws to change.  “It was like those dumb Crow laws in the olden days, mom.”  
Sometimes you think they aren’t listening, but they always are. 

Memphis Memories

Friday I went with my daughter’s school to Memphis .   
The first stop was the STAX Museum of American Soul.  
(What used to be STAX recording studios where so many recording stars got their starts.)  
It was well worth the trip just to see this.  Fantastic museum with something for everyone.  

 

The kids ate lunch there while we took off for the Pink Palace museum.  The boys really wanted to do the Children’s Museum (which is awesome too) but they are no longer in the ASTC and I couldn’t justify paying $50 for the less than an hour we had to play.  
(If you don’t know about the benefits I highly recommend it.  If you join one museum in the system you get into museums all around the world FREE!  For a family it really adds up.  We manage to work in at least one every trip we take and it saves us from $50-$100 a visit.)
They had a great exhibit on the history of chocolate which made us all very hungry!
The Parke’s Circus model
We ran from there to meet the kids at the National Civil Rights Museum
This was a powerful museum.  Very emotional.  
It’s amazing that so much happened in our nation, not so long ago. 
The teacher that organized the trip played Dr. King’s last speech at the end of the tour and had the kids sit outside (where MLK was shot) to listen. 
I can’t get over how intuitive this speech was.   
 Dr. King
“And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Students listening to his last speech outside the National Civil Rights Museum