Tomorrow we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In school and in our homes, we all learned about what this visionary stood for…peace, justice and equality for very race of people. Today, I can appreciate the significance of his legacy more than ever.
There are many memorable quotes that Dr. King made in his lifetime that are notable. As I ponder the gravity of them all, I think of this one that reminds me of my natural hair journey that I embarked on many years ago.
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” A Proper Sense of Priorities, 1968
This journey isn’t about what’s popular or what’s trendy because what’s popular and trendy today will not be popular and trendy tomorrow. This journey isn’t about making a political statement or taking some revolutionary stand. This is simply how the hair grows out of my head. This journey definitely isn’t considered “safe” as I still get comments and stares from people who think that my hair in its natural state reminds them of the ugliness from that part of our controversial history. HOWEVER, I’m reminded of why I embarked on this natural hair journey of mine…God made me this way…in His likeness and image. “My conscience” tells me not to be ashamed of whom I am or the way I look.
Before I would burn my scalp with chemicals trying to fit into an image that society held dear. WHY??? For acceptance. Today, I no longer fear what people think as I rock my kinky, nappy, curly (or whatever you want to call it) hair. They like it or they don’t. It’s okay either way.
What is your conscience telling you??? Remember to follow your conscience and not someone else’s voice as you set out on this natural hair journey! Embrace it!
What lessons have you learned from Dr. Martin Luther King’s life that has helped you in going natural? Comment and share!
Peace and Blessings!