As I shared in my post at the end of 2020, the last year left me pondering the many hardships and systemic obstacles so many people in our country face on a daily basis.
Today, Monday, January 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King Day. In sharing my thoughts today, I wanted to fully understood the history of and meaning behind this observed holiday. Did you know that this holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, and that the first observed day was in 1986, but it was not until 2000 that all 50 states observed this day, honoring a remarkable civil rights leader.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Starting in 1994, MLK Day became a day when communities coordinated service activities focused on giving back to others. Imagine that, in observing the life and fortitude of a civil rights leader, we have a national day committed to organizing ways to support others. As you saw through our engagement as Social Butterflies for the Running Works campaign last year, my family and our WOAH Team is committed to serving those in our Charlotte, NC community who are unable to help themselves, especially during this time when COVID-19 is impacting social and economic structures in unprecedented ways.
There are so many avenues for you, too, to get involved in your community and support local service efforts. I would love to hear ways that you give back to others, not just today, but throughout the year. The WOAH Team is also committed to serving our Charlotte, NC community and will spend this year sharing various ways we donate of our time, talent, and treasure to others.
Our first effort will be through the sales of our Have Mercy fine art print. I introduced this art creation last May, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. As I shared at the time, it is my hope and desire that we may love and care for one another without judgment as we are all children of God. We must not forget this and must have mercy, give grace, and show love to all.
This week (January 18-24), I will donate and match 10% of the sales of the “Have Mercy” print. This donation will go to Roof Above in Charlotte, NC which is working to end the chronic homeless problem that is growing in our community.
Together, we can make a difference, but we must lead through our actions in our local and national communities. I applaud your individual efforts and look forward to serving alongside you.