In Honor Of MLK Day

We are back at it after a long, restful break and into the new year. Coming up later this month (January 27th) is a webinar on Supporting Distance Learning in Your Program, geared toward after school programs that are hosting students for virtual school. See our KIT website or any of our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter) for information you can share with programs you know, or go straight to the registration site here. The same week, on January 29th, I will be speaking as part of the Ignite Virtual Speaker Series put on by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. My talk will be focused on changing the way we think about disability (one of KIT’s foremost goals). You can register for the free event here.

Ever since I started sending out this Fuel Your Passion Friday email and blog, I’ve had a tradition this week in January to share a favorite Martin Luther King, Jr quote. This month, the KIT staff and board is engaged in a 21-Day Race Equity Habit-Building Challenge, and today’s content is focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. I don’t know if our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility task force designed it that way, or if it is calendar serendipity, but I’m here for it.

I’m thinking about how the civil rights movement in the 1960’s led to disability rights. Disability rights activists joined the fight for civil rights, and then applied the same tools in 1970’s that led to the passage of several important laws, ensuring that people with disabilities were protected by federal law for the first time. It took several more decades before, in 1990, disability rights were protected in public accommodations with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. When I thought about quote I wanted to share today, I had to go with “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Photo of diverse people peacefully protesting and holding a sign with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr saying "Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere."

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has several legacies, and one of them is inspiring people to serve their community. So, in honor of MLK Day, let me thank you for your service in making the world a better, more just, and more accepting place for ALL children.