I’ve been bjorking a lot since I got tickets to see her. Everyday, I pick a different album and it’s fascinating to see how each album can change my entire day’s mood and atmosphere (you know, just some different vibration frequencies that travel to tiny parts of my ear that trigger the firing of brain cells that generate the conscious experience of music and all of its associations of feelings, thoughts, and past experiences. Easy breezy, no big deal.)
The first track on her new album, Biophilia, perfectly accompanies a snowy hike in the woods. You should try it.
[Atlanta, GA 2004 - MLK Scholars’ Civil Rights Tour]
Every year on this day, I gratefully reflect on how so much of who I am, my deepest passions, and why I do the work I do is because of Dr. King.
To all of you high school volunteers/mentees I’ve met on various service trips in Vietnam, I encourage you to take a look at my old undergraduate scholarship program, the MLK Scholars Program. It was a beautiful, dynamic learning community that I’m proud to have been a part of, and it challenged me to constantly think critically, act compassionately, and sustain Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equality.
It was because of our global justice and international travel seminars to parts of Europe, Central America, Asia, and Africa, that I developed this passion for international human and community development… and it looks like I won’t be changing fields for a very, very long time.
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." - MLK Jr.
[The MLK Scholars on the steps of Dr. King’s childhood home, 2004. Photo credit: Daiana]