In the year 2005, our Peace Chick offering was this little card, with a pair of miniature sunglasses attached. It was perfect to hang on your tree if you were so inclined ( if you had a tree!). Tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on the 15th of this month. I am not going to give you a history lesson, just my take on finding the beauty in a multitude of skin tones. I am going to write the poem from our token (pictured above) so you don’t have to squint. I think maybe Martin felt this way, too, so this is my little tribute to him…
SHADES OF PEACE
What are the shades of Peace?
Black and brown and cafe au lait,
White and yellow and peach sorbet
The colors of skin tones kissed by the sun
Living harmoniously—- everyone.
You May say that we are dreamers,
We are not the only ones
From Buddha to the Beatles
Through the caveman and the Huns,
Peace has been sought after
Though it’s been rarely won.
We need to keep on waging it,
It’s good for Everyone!
Perhaps it’s on the horizon
So keep these “shades” in case…
Peace is gonna light up the world
And shine on every face!
(* the word “shades” refers to the sunglasses that were attached to the poem)
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. I wish we had a little more progress to offer on your special day. We’ll keep working at it!
Peace, my friends…Love, Patty ✌️🎨💕❤️💕