How can we help our children learn courage, justice, empathy, dignity, humility, and service?


Today our nation celebrates the birth of a true leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.  We dedicate time to honor a man who brought a sense of hope and healing to our nation. We dedicate time to honor his words and his example, such as courage, justice, empathy, dignity, humility and service.  These qualities are so important and worthy of our time and reverence.
 
So as we dedicate the time to honor this great leader, let us also take the time to share the importance of these values with our students and examine how we can incorporate the lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr into our everyday actions.  How can we help our children learn the influence of courage, the power of justice, the importance of empathy, the significance of dignity, the strength of humility, and the gift of service? How can we create a school culture that integrates these values into every corner of our campus? How can we guide our students to stretch their learning, strengthen their character and commit to integrity?
 
It is so important to honor our heroes, but also to pick up the torch that burns bright with the values that have made the difference in the past to always guarantee that courage, justice, empathy, dignity, humility and service will be around for those who follow.
 
I have included my Top 10 List of Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes for your inspiration:
 
#10 "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
 
#9 "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
 
#8 "The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice." 
 
#7 "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
 
#6 "The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."
 
#5 "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
 
#4 "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
 
#3 "I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
 
# 2. "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."
 
And the #1 MLK quote

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
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