“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While on a field trip to Washington DC with 8th graders, I was privileged to see many monuments and museums. The new MLK monument is an enormous piece of art depicting a mountain that has the middle taken out of it. This middle of the mountain, or “the stone of hope” has a quote from Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream speech” inscribed on it. . .
I have felt my share of despair throughout this school year. I will also admit, there are some days when despair still tries to creep in. I stood there and wondered when my “stone of hope” would be completed and ready for me to stand back and admire. Although Dr. King spoke these words out of circumstances that are very different to mine, I still couldn’t help but be moved by the hope these words and this piece of art gave me.