A regram from my beauty page. I understand that it may seem weird to some that I would post any personal beliefs in a professional setting but this is too close to my heart and many others not to share. Every time I pass this man’s portrait next to the portrait of Malcom X in downtown Portland, my heart starts to hurt with sadness mixed with pride and thankfulness that this man existed. His message was important (to say the least) then just as much as today. It resurfaces in my mind and heart more and more in light of this last year especially… “This post is going to be very different from my usual and most people may not think that it’s the best idea to post anything other than my art on my professional Instagram page. I get that…but this is a message that is close to my heart and I believe should be shared with anyone and everyone. We have come so far. We have done so with courage, perseverance and LOVE. This man embodied all of this. He pushed for what was, what is right. Today is not just a day off, a holiday, our lucky three day weekend. This day is to HONOR this man who has continued even now to contribute to social justice and to the dream of all people being treated as PEOPLE despite race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
As an artist and in my daily life, I encounter so many different people and their differences make them more beautiful than I ever could in my chair. That must be acknowledged. I feel as if so much more should be said about the work you have done and the influence you still have on our lives even now.
Today, I will not post for my own gain. I’m not posting any advertisement. This day is for you. Thank you MLK.” #martinlutherking #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #mlkday #martinlutherkingjrday #justice #equality #love