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What Would MLK Say in 2018? Nine Questions I Ask Myself.

by Meg Okura

My mother in law, a granddaughter of a former slave, was born in Salisbury, Maryland in 1934. According to her own account, she was always at the top of her class. In her 30’s, thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, she was even able to pursue a doctoral degree and became a professional. She was able to support her family, was multiple-time homeowner, married not just once but twice, and helped everyone around her with her time and money. My mother in law is one of many thousands of examples of successes in America.

Exactly four years ago, on the day of MLK celebration, my daughter who had just turned three at the time and I became Jews by choice. We chose Judaism so our daughter will be raised with progressive Jewish values, and so she will not be judged by her skin color but by her character and values.


“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 co…

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