Ten Disability Awareness Lessons Learned From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My children and I just finished reading a new book titled, “My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Martin Luther King III. It’s a warm, intimate biography that explains a turning point in American history from the perspective of a child. At the heart of the book are the lessons that Dr. King modeled for us in his lifetime regarding nonviolence, personal excellence, interdependence and justice.
As I plan for my children’s future, I find myself returning to those lessons for guidance. Human rights are for everyone, and we still have a long way to go on our journey. Here are 10 quotes from Dr. King that are relevant to human rights and disability awareness.
1. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
2. “It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”
Every time we choose to stand up for someone being treated unjustly, we are in fact standing up for everyone. When I advocate for the best services for my son, I am also advocating for future students.