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We CAN Overcome

One of the many challenges that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had to face down and overcome was being arrested, in 1963, for protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham. Photo by Birmingham AL police dept - Original publication: circulated to news media in April 1963Immediate source: http://photos.nola.com/tpphotos/2013/04/martin_luther_king_mugshot_apr.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63213413

We CAN Overcome

By Ettie Rutherford
Contributing Writer

Ettie Rutherford 1During Martin Luther King’s bold leadership of the civil rights movement, the rallying anthem was “We Shall Overcome” — a rousing call‑to‑arms to encourage everyone, with a spirit of hope, possibilities and cooperation.

People of goodwill felt that they could conquer the evils of racism and indifference in America, as long as they worked together. For them defeat was not an option. Conquering the evils of the day was a possibility that could be achieved through disciplined actions.

On a lesser scale, we all have daily challenges in our lives — challenges which leave us overwhelmed, fearful, inadequate and hopeless.

Realizing that challenges will always be a part of our lives, it will help if we:

> Acknowledge that there is a need for serious change.

> Clarify the solution that is needed.

> Seek support from competent sources.

> Ignore situations and people that are distractions.

> Clarify what you can do to improve the situation.

> Learn how to work in co-operation with leaders and supporters.

> Be patient. Meaningful change takes time.

> Use lessons learned, to assist with future negative situations.

In Sisterhood!

Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at ettie@womenrworthy.com

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