Essay Snippets MLK North Texas January 2016
1st Meghann Rachel Slate, Hebron Valley Elementary, Mrs. Walker
Some people don’t do this [Love Thy Neighbor] because they don’t accept other people’s cultures. We need to nurture cultural harmony. We need to live together without fighting. We need to work together as a community. …One way to nurture cultural harmony is to learn about other cultures. If we do this we would see the importance of different cultures. …One other way to nurture cultural harmony is to get to know other people from different cultures. Get to know who they are on the inside.
2nd Maanya Govil, Liberty Elementary, Ms. Nelson
“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 content of their character.” This quote is by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. This was from the time when people from different cultures religions, and ethnic backgrounds were not able to be anywhere together. Dr. King undertook the task of making people from all over the world live together in friendship and peace with no rules separating them. He kept trying to get people to live in harmony. …Although Dr. King paved the way for later generations, everybody still has a part to do. To keep cultural harmony among humans, you cannot call somebody wrong on a religious matter. If you believe in something, someone else might not believe in that same thing. …I believe that if Dr. King were to walk into my community, he would be speechless with tears of joy in his eyes because of all these people who come from different cultural backgrounds.
3rd Lillian Shai Cassady, B. B. Owen, Mrs. Haines
Martin Luther King, Jr. thought that African American people and Caucasian people should get along in harmony rather than fighting with each other. I think it doesn’t matter the color of your skin, it’s what’s inside that counts. …Everyone is different. When you meet someone new, African American or Caucasian or any other race, get to know them. If someone is being teased about the color of their skin, stand up for them and become their friend. If you do this you could inspire them, and they could inspire someone else. If this chain reaction happens, the world could be a better place. …All it takes is that one little act of kindness towards someone else to have a place with more harmony. …Everyone is unique. People are from different cultures and they may have different colored skin. Why does that matter? We are all human. Choose to get along in harmony and the world can be a better place.
1st Maggie Mandri, Vickery Elementary, Mrs. Covey
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if people from all different cultures could get along? We can all work together to accept our differences and create cultural harmony. …One way we can start creating cultural harmony is by helping people who are new to our school and community. When we are helping others learn about us, we are also learning more about them. …Another way we can start nurturing cultural harmony is by getting to know more about people and their culture. I have found that a great way to get to know people is by talking with them. Talking helps us find things we have in common... One of the best ways to make sure we all get along is to include everyone in our school and community in our activities. …When people celebrate together, they learn to respect each other’s culture.
2nd Brooke Marie Marlett, Prairie Trail Elementary, Mr. Clayton
Dr. King had a dream, the dream to end segregation and realize a world filled with cultural harmony. He followed his faith to change the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Dr. King wanted people of all colors, of all races, of all nations to live in harmony, nurturing each other. …Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the best example of nurturing cultural harmony in American history. His vision continues to inspire people all over the world to have a spirit of tolerance and peace.
3rd Summer Hamdan, Prairie Trail Elementary, Mrs. Schnoor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has given our generation a new perspective on other people around us. …Thanks to Dr. King, we have a different world. I am proud to say he has brought us together. …I’ve learned so much about different people and cultures in this life. For example, I never would have tasted different foods in a separated world. We have Mexican, Indian, and African American food, just to name a few. Foods that possess so much flavor and brilliant seasonings are all unique in their own ways. Then there is the different ways that people dress to represent their culture. It is wonderful to see that in our time, cultures really do help us define ourselves but also make us whole. … I am proud to live in a nation, home to all whether small or big, in harmony and peace.
1st Rhea Karumuru
Imagine this: a broken seedling atop the soft bed of moist dirt. But then, a kind gardener who plants it properly gives it a perfect pour of water. Later, the slow solemn clouds slowly open up and a beam of sunlight gently kisses the growing seedling. This is nature's harmony in action, because every element is doing its part to make the seedling the best it could possibly be. If we transfer this scenario to a larger scale, it shows that if everyone works together to help create harmony, within our culture, the world would be a great place! Once we achieve this feat, we must nurture and maintain it. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that we can easily conquer hate and live up to Earth's true potential by not just ignoring differences, but by embracing them!
2nd Aniston Nielson
A community is like a machine; it's made of many different parts. Each part or a machine has diverse jobs to fulfill but they can only get their jobs done when they all work together. That's exactly like a community; people in a community have different jobs to do and can only get them done by working together. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that we should live in brotherhood together. If we’re separate, creating harmony is impossible. If we work together, it will at times be difficult but not impossible. Everyone needs to do things smartly, peacefully, and cheerfully to create harmony. Everyone needs to do all these things together along with perfect timing.
3rd Lily Rheinhardt
Martin Luther King Jr. was a great and smart person. But this isn't about who he was. This is about what he did and wanted for our country. He wanted to change our country so we could all live in harmony. No one should suffer for how they look or who or what they believe in. Everyone's culture should be nurtured. So many terrible actions have occurred out of hate. Hate we need to fix. Most see Martin Luther King's speech as a speech about colored men and women having equal rights. However, he really wanted different cultures to see one another as friends, because in reality, we are all the same. Different races, religions, traditions, but the same. It may not make sense at first, but you have to look at it from many different directions. We are human. We all make mistakes. We are not perfect, not even the slightest bit close. We need to wake up. We all need to see that so many people are judged for something they can't help.
1st Tori Petersheim, Downing, Mrs. Phan
Without love, acceptance cannot develop. This is the key to establishing and maintaining this unity. But love is not one sided, and acceptance does not exclude-- we must all do our part to keep Dr. King's dream alive.
Love is mysterious. It is an unexplainable and familiar feeling, and unmistakable when present. Our society has either ignored or denied love's importance in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream. Acceptance also seems to have eluded us. As a society, we choose to tolerate other cultures rather than accept them. Unity can be achieved through love and acceptance alone. The 21st Century has not changed that. Our society has not yet reached its full potential as Dr. King's 'Beloved Community.’ This is because we do not embrace each other’s differences. All of us have to do our part to change cultural harmony from merely tolerating cultures different from our own into welcoming them. There is nothing more beautiful than harmony in a community filled with cultural diversity. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted nothing more than for us to be united through our differences. Bits and pieces of Dr. King's vision have been fulfilled , and it is only a matter of time before everything comes together. This community is what we make of it. If we all work to simply love and accept our neighbors, we will make an impact like no other.
2nd Elizabeth Cadungog, Durham, Ms. Bradford
I believe that just because we may look different, or have different interests, it doesn't put you nor anyone else above the other. We were all born equal, coming into this world as a fragile infant with no ideas of all the cruel things this world contains. However, besides these detrimental attributes such as racism, the world has so much more to offer. The only way for these children to have such a perspective on the world is for them to be raised in the right environment. Now to the big question, what can we do to achieve this world? In order to achieve this dream everyone will have to participate. Every little deed or gesture can help to end racism and unfair judgement. Befriending the new kid that everyone else ignored because of his religion. Standing up to the bullies that were teasing the shy girl for her race. Everything helps. We must improve our world for our kids. The children are the future of the world and if everyone can pitch in and help, we can put an end to all of this. Wars, racism, terrorism, everything. In this generation or the next, I have hope that we can bring MLK' s dream to a reality.
3rd Reya Mosby, Briarhill, Mrs. Allison
Equality is priceless. Being given the same rights as everyone else has not always been the case. One outstanding young man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for equality in America. His dream was that men and women of all races would live in harmony.
In order for us to continue what MLK started, we need to maintain the cultural harmony that he and others fought so hard to achieve. We can do this by not stereotyping people different from us, continuing to learn from inspiring individuals, and research different beliefs before making snap judgments. Don't be stereotypical! In present day, Muslims are being stereotyped for the horrific crimes Isis has committed. This is happening because Isis is claiming to be Muslim. This isn't fair because innocent people are being grouped as terrorist, when in reality, they are just wanting to practice their religion in peace. MLK wanted to stop the stereotyping of all races, so people would all be given an equal opportunity. He made a great improvement in this movement, but there is still much more to be done.
3rd Jung Min Yean, Creek valley, Ms. Nguyen
By having an open heart and an open mind, we as one have come together no matter the color of our skin to make the world a more accepting, nurturing place. People have communicated and learned about one another and cherished one another's differences instead of letting them come between us. For example, at my school, we have a multicultural night. Students have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and expand their knowledge about fellow peers. We get to learn different ways to dance, different foods, and flavors from each culture. This experience creates a more unified, tight-knit community among students and staff.
1st Mahek Kakkar, McKamy, Mrs. Swackhamer
It is crucial to respect cultural harmony in order to attain more knowledge about each other. Religion is like a story. Each person has an individual religion that they respect. Whenever we meet new people, we do not judge them based on their race, religion or culture. In fact, we set out to gain more knowledge about their culture in order to build a stronger relationship. By gaining more knowledge about each other, we learn about each other's strengths and weaknesses and nurture cultural harmony.
Whenever we think about friendship, we immediately come to the conclusion that people become friends based on their similarities. This is not true. All around the world, new friendships are being formed. People who come from different backgrounds, race, and cultures are learning more about each other and creating new friendships. By nurturing cultural harmony, friendships become stronger in the long run.
Lastly, along with gaining new knowledge about each other and composing friendly relations it is important to honour equality. We were all born as a clean slate. God created all of us equal and in the same manner. Over time, we all learn new things that cause us to change our viewpoints on some ideas. We process ideas different from our friends and families, but one thing always is equal. Our respect for each other’s opinions! We encourage and inspire each other to be a better person. We are all equal no matter how smart we are or what we enjoy. In order to aid cultural harmony, it is important to honour equality.
2nd Vaidehi Phirke, Creek valley, Ms. Nguyen
In the 47 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, our planet has grown into a place of thriving individuals who live and work together in accord. But though the flood levees of peace, togetherness, and equality laid down by Dr. King have continued to inspire and save thousands, they're slowly giving way to an imminent torrent of problems with cultural unawareness.
The acceptance of different people by different people achieved through the spread of the values of the previously-stated heroes was only truly possible through one field: Communication...
The overall message is one of a kinder us, working towards the greater good through a unified acceptance and understanding. Though we've faced the floods head on before, it is only through our greatest failures our successes come. We've learned to love and banish the hate, bringing Dr. King's ideas and concepts to life and proving that love and acceptance are the most important principles to remember, no matter what you do or become. Though we've faced the bashing down of the levees, we are on the path to rebuilding them together, all the while improving ourselves, our world, and our understanding of it all.
3rd Kathleen Kim, Downing, Mrs. Lentz
Out of the clutter of a hundred cultures, there can be simplicity, a pursuit of peace and harmony. Though without respect, even the perfect harmony is unable to be nurtured and grown into a symphony. Respect and cultural harmony walk hand in hand.
Every human who walks this earth was made with a purpose and a certain unalienable responsibility to respect the other in habitants of our world. To respect someone also means to respect their culture.
We must understand that people have different cultures, but we all see the same sunset. As humans, differences can be something to be afraid of, nevertheless, a chord with missing notes is not a chord. All the different notes played together as one, working together as a team is what is able to bring the joyful sound of music to our ears. A worldly harmony with missing people or cultures is not a perfect harmony. We must learn to work our cultural differences together as a team and join them together harmonically.
1st Anna Cantu, LHS Harmon, Mrs. Pembroke
Cookies are confectionary treats that many people adore- these tasty treats seem to just be a food that will make you sick if you eat too many, or a food that is known to be kept away in a jar somewhere just almost out of reach, but cookies like all baked goods are intricate. One small change in the recipe could make a vast difference in the outcome. Why? Without butter or oil, the cookie would be dry. Without sugar or sweetener, the cookie wouldn’t be sweet. Without baking powder the cookie won't rise. Ingredients work in harmony with one another to create the best and most amazing desserts. Martin Luther King J r., in my opinion, i s like a baker. His ideas, or recipes, provided the instructions to make the best country possible. He nurtured the idea that without one culture, or ingredient, the world wouldn't be complete.
2nd Ludivina Salas, LHS Harmon, Mrs. Pembroke
A band is composed of various musicians given an instrument. These sections are then divided into Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion. If you joined multiple instruments, it would create a harmony which can sound exquisite.
People can say they are part of a band and that they see each other every day. But although they may sit on the same ground, breathe the same air, and be 6 inches apart, sometimes they completely avoid each other and call that harmony. A band in reality is a group of people that join together and perform gorgeous music regard less of t heir instruments. A trumpet may sound like you could close your eyes and just reminisce about picturesque memories. A saxophone sound can make your feet tap to the beat and just make you want to dance but together they can sound like your soul has a voice.
Like a band, our world works similarly. People tend to say we are all part of the earth and that in order to live in peace we just have to have the basic knowledge of everyone we’re sharing with this world, which we just can just respect from a distance. But like a band, we have to acknowledge that there are different groups on our earth. Although we are different, we all have the same goa l. That is to finish this long piece we’ve been practicing ever since we were born.
3rd Jacob Herod, LHS Harmon, Mrs. Pembroke
Cultural harmony means not only that do you not care about someone else's race or cultural beliefs, you also love them the same as another human being. Almost every day, I see at least one person who exemplifies our need to better practice and nurture the delicate yet beneficial art of cultural harmony. I see this in racial slurs uttered nonchalantly by the ignorant or shouted by the hateful. I see it in the pointless protests against other religious groups due to events happening thousands of miles away because of a few radicals. I also see it in the wrongly stated insults made by someone to someone else just because that individual just doesn't make the cut by their standards. It relieves me that there aren't too many people like this in our country anymore. Despite our great progress, we still need to work hard to fix this issue.
I find cultural harmony important because it brings with it a world in which we see everyone for who they really are, not who they are not. We would also see each other as equal, regardless of ethnicity, religion, race, or even sexual standing. Without the presence of this social elixir , one which so many people like Martin Luther King Jr. have fought for , we would still be where we were just a couple of centuries ago- beating and enslaving or killing those whose differences made us deem them inferior to ours. That would be a horrible world.
1st Amil Naik, LHS Harmon, Mrs. Copeland
But it is not the resounding words or rousing calls of great figures that can bring about change in the world. No, change that is clear to see is brought about by action. Words are heard and inspire but they are just the instrument to create a mellifluous symphony of cultural harmony. It is us, the common men that must take up these instruments and play the melody. The transition to peace despite our differences, or rather fostered by our differences, will be achieved exactly as Dr. King envisioned- by love and tolerance. However, that matter has passed out of his hands and of all those no longer with us. Only their ideals, their legacy, their stories live on. What is done with those resources rests on those who wish to see change and those dreams fulfilled. The burden falls on us- regular citizens- to put into practice what we have learned from these heroes and foster tranquility among diverse cultures
2nd Brooke Der, Marcus, Ms. Lurvey
As human beings we are supposed to be kind to one another.
As human beings we are supposed to protect one another.
As human beings we are supposed to understand our differences and accept them.
But have we done that?
We use racism, sexism, and other attacks against each other.
To destroy who we are, and to put each other down.
But aren’t we human beings?
We are not supposed to tum on one another. That is not who we are.
That is not what should define the human race. Would you do that to friends? Or neighbors?
So what makes it okay to do it to other countries?
As a young person having to live in what seems like a future full of this, I do not want this.
I do not want the violence and hatred that we give each other. I was not raised to hate and to disregard other people based off of their race or religion.
You would not want this to happen to you and your family so what makes it right for anyone to shut out people in need?
This is what I believe to be true. We are too harsh to each other.
We do not give each other kindness and respect.
Our differences should be rejoiced not fought over.
Our beliefs should be not quarreled over but respected.
Our religions should not make us question people yet instead accepted.
Without reversing what has already started, the world will live a life of despair.
This is not a world I would like to know. But I am only a student!
3rd Maleeha Ahmad Woods, Hebron, Mr. Shelton
During Dr. King's lifetime, racism was rampant. People of color were segregated from whites, some disrespected. Rosa Parks' story was an example of the disrespect people of color were subjected to. Despite her age, she was still asked to relinquish her seat on a crowded bus to a white person. The racist who wanted her to move was eyeless about anything about Parks--her feelings, her beliefs, her life--except the color of her skin. Parks' story was the apotheosis of that abusive era and was a motivator of peaceful protest for Dr. King.
Dr. King was a champion for a color-blind society, sensitive to diversity and differences. Though Dr. King's time has since passed and society has made great advances, the legacy of cultural harmony lingers unfulfilled.
The vital task of creating harmony is not simple: it is stressful and will be accomplished in increments through adversity. With increasing globalization, countless cultures have come into contact with each other. This only provides reason for greater tolerance towards different backgrounds and cultures: our societies interweave and are often dependent on each other. Indeed, the need for cultural harmony has reached new heights and is emphasized by modern society.
3rd Emily Barton, The Colony, Mrs. Shideler
We all have dreams. We all have goals. We all have aspirations. What you dream is up to you. No matter who you are, you are capable of something great. It doesn't matter what the color of your skin is or where you are from. Opportunities are out there waiting for everyone, regardless of physical attributes.
Some people are still stuck in the mindset of Anglo supremacy but I would like to think that the American culture has embraced all walks of life. Every day, we grow more harmonious. There are still issues with racism and equality, but one thing is certain, we have come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement. There is no going back.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision. His vision was for everyone to have equal rights and opportunities. Dr. King spoke the truth. Although his primary purpose was desegregation and rights for all races to be equal, his message applies to every human being. Discrimination can take on so many different meanings: race, gender, sexual identity, etc. Why do people discriminate? What is the point? We are all the same on the inside, so we should be treated like it on the outside, too.
1st Madison Lopez, LHS, Mr. Fee
The beauty and serenity of nature stands unrivaled. From the glorious Sequoia trees of the west to the delicate flowers among the forest floor, Mother Nature nurtures her garden. The wind, the crickets, and the birds all sing in harmony. A mesmerizing spectacle, the earth around us, with all its many parts, beautifully harmonizes what can appear as chaos individually. This notion, although it can apply to nature, specifically champions nurturing cultural harmony among mankind. From the principles Dr. King's life exhibited to the deep metaphor of nature's harmony, we as a people can explore the meaning, examine the journey, and understand the benefits of nurturing cultural harmony within our communities.
Nurturing cultural harmony is the purposeful work of creating lasting peace among cultures while also championing cultural diversity. Just as individual notes in music harmonize to create a spectacular sound, when individually beautiful cultures come together in harmony, they create the marvelous music of mankind, the song of the human spirit: desire for community, longing for love, and hope for a better tomorrow. This is the heart of our humanness, what binds us all together.
1st Lauren Hermes, The Colony, Ms. Shideler
Change is the element in which our world revolves. It is the driving factor for all fractions of our social environment. An astonishingly beautiful form of metamorphosis that is life-altering. Like wind it is an uncounterable force that erodes from the past and forms the new. But wistfully a great wall is built to disrupt its natural flow. The occurrence is resisted, feared and discouraged by dejected many. People cringe, scowl, mock, and rebel at such a concept. Arrogance and stubbornness invigorates and empowers this behavior. It is a mentality that concretes the mind making it the hardest to combat. But change is happening, creating a strain, ripple, crack in our entire social structure but for the better. A change that can only lead to a good outcome. A future that can behold a better society in which we are all equal and all the same. It is a change that has been occurring since 1964. A change that should be welcome and encouraged by anyone with common sense or at least a sliver of compassion and understanding. The racial and cultural division has been accepted for too long and we are finally understanding that this is not equality but a mere step towards it.
To change one's state of mind is always on the verge of impossible because very few want to admit their wrongdoings. But with persistence and patience, acceptance is the prize that awaits. Acceptance is the key to balance. A key that unlocks understanding and trust amongst our society. A key that can restore unity within our nation. But it is a Key that we all must work towards.
We can no longer withstand this perfectly painted illusion. Equality in America does not exist and we are slowly beginning to see this. The glass is being shattered allowing the light to stream in revealing the true disturbing scene that is our reality. As we keep getting profiled and labeled based on our skin color and cultural background, we keep segregating each other. We keep ourselves from becoming a strong nation. What people don't understand is that without acceptance cultural harmony will never exist. Disturbances will only continue to happen. Unrest will continue to paint the front page of every newspaper.
But how does this change? How can we begin to accept one another when so much bad blood exist? When so much tension, rage, anger, and confusion cloud the minds, it becomes almost impossible. It seems like we move one step forward but take three steps back each decade. But if we have come this far, we can go farther. We can pursue a better world. And we can achieve this fantasy land. And we do this with understanding and acceptance . We have to understand our differences from all backgrounds and accept them. We cannot use them against one another and continue to look down on others who aren't the same as thou. All men deserve respect. All men deserve the truth and all men deserve freedom because all men are created equal.
If we continue to make this claim that our nation was founded on the basis that all men are made equal then we must practice this in order for it to be the truth. Whether we like to or not, admitting and forgiving can be the two most promising traits that we as a nation can build from. And are the two traits that can lead to understanding and acceptance. If we fail learn these now, then we will fail as a nation. Maybe a world that is fair, equal, and unified is a fairy tale vision for some, but it is a vision that is worth striving towards.
2nd DeQuay Glascoe, The Colony, Ms. Ellis
What drove Dr. King in nurturing cultural harmony was the pursuit of a Racial Utopia. What then is a Racial Utopia? The answer that the majority of people would have given that question is "equality", but, I think otherwise. I think that equality only entails so much.
I personally have never experienced any racism directed towards me… Telling me that I wasn't different made me different in itself. Sayings like "some of my best friends are black" are ubiquitous. And the condescension and awkwardness in the air when people stumble upon the topic of race feels like it's my fault, they're tiptoeing around the subject because I exist, in that room and yet supposedly, I'm not different.
Dr. King fought a good fight so we could fight as well, in classrooms, on buses, and in offices. That package was his burden of cargo, on the road to Utopia.
He wanted us to be equal enough to realize that we aren't the same. The same self-awareness allows us to see that there are still things we haven't experienced, things we don't yet know, and people we haven't met.
3rd Hannah Miller, FMHS, Mr. Werts
Without an open mind, one is hindering himself from developing in the modern world, a world defined by diversity. Because I am a child of diversity, I have an advantage in knowing that there is so much out there to learn and to enjoy. All I need to do is embrace new ideas and new experiences and live with a big picture mentality.
Every day, I remind myself that everybody has their own version of the truth because all people see and experience things differently from each other. I am aware of the importance in understanding the simple fact that an open mind is necessary to thrive in the modern world full of diverse peoples.
Knowing that there is so much in the world to familiarize myself with means that I am one step ahead of most everyone. Because I have an exploratory attitude, I don't get bogged down by preconceived notions or prejudice. All I do is live my life among different people, learn new ideas, and enjoy myself to the fullest extent.
I have volunteered in hospitals, in a pediatric clinic, and in my school. In every one of these programs, I was in contact with a plethora of cultures. No matter who it is, I help and enjoy doing so. There is no room for any form of discrimination if one is genuinely serving others. I am certain that diversity is the future, and I am excited for all of the new and interesting opportunities to come.