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Remembering Michele Serros, MLK, and Why the #YourTurnChallenge

January 19, 2015

543991_10151213291998848_1286798309_nIn 1964 when Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, in his speech he said”I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice.” (“dreams don’t die” 2012 cardboard retablo by Dianne Bennett).

Today, Mon. Jan 19 is the day set aside in the United States to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and a day when people people are engaged in a day of service.
 Today, Mon. Jan 19, is the first day of the #YourTurnChallenge to blog daily for a week inspired by Seth Godin’s new book. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

I think we must all be “engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice” as well as social injustice and environmental justice.
It’s time to do something. And for some of us, blogging is part of the solution because of what it teaches us, how it transforms us.

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve, said MLK. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. (Read more about the speech where these words come from here).

All you have to do is step up, and accept the challenge that it’s your turn, and that it’s always your turn.

Tomorrow  Tuesday, January 20 from  6-8pm is also a Celebration of the Life and Works of Michele Serros
at UCSB’s Multicultural Center Theater. (Contact Adrianna AT; the Oxnard services for Michele Serros are Jan. 24 at Santa Clara Church, 323 South “E” St with the rosary at 9 am service at 10 am).

Tuesday night at 5pm is also the quarterly Ventura Arts Forum at the WAV (on the corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard). Sponsored by the City of Ventura, the WAV and the Ventura Artists Union, the forum seeks to foster collaboration, arts advocacy, networking with other artists.

Read more about the #YourTurnChallenge. If you choose to join the #YourTurnChallenge, you can write about anything but preferably not anything too trivial. I’m going to try to write daily on at least two of my blogs. To go deeper, organizer Winnie Kao has offered these  Daily Questions which you can use for prompts. Or not.

Day 1 Mon. Jan. 19: Why are you doing the Your Turn Challenge?
Day 2 Tues. Jan. 20: Tell us about something that’s important to you.
Day 3 Weds. Jan 21: Tell us about something that you think should be improved.
Day 4 Thurs. Jan. 22: Teach us something that you do well.
Day 5 Fri. Jan. 23: What advice would you give for getting unstuck?
Day 6 Sat. Jan 24: Tell us about a time when you surprised yourself.
Day 7 Sun Jan 25: What are you taking with you from this Challenge?


And maybe one of these days I will learn how to code so I will understand what is going on when my paragraphs don’t show up where I want them to be… at least I am not having the problems with connectivity that I had last night!

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