I wrapped up the Dr. King holiday by attending the City of Irving's annual program. This year’s theme is "A Living Memorial: The Man, The Message, The Monument."
Written and adapted by Jacqueline Madden, who is special events coordinator at the Irving Parks and Recreation Division, the program focused on the Washington, D.C.-based MLK Memorial.
Attendees received a commemorative poster emblazoned with "LOVE NOT HATE" which aptly captured the sentiment of last night’s program. Madden weaved together vintage and recent King-related video, stellar musical performances by violinist Richmond Punch and vocalist/author Brenda Ellis and more. The program also included speeches and performances by the amazing Dallas Black Dance Theatre II—all designed to educate the audience about Dr. King’s message of "justice, democracy, hope and love."
If you have not attended Irving's MLK program, please put this on your calendar for next year. This was my fourth year to attend Irving's observance and I always leave enlightened and amazed.
Earlier in the day I went to the MLK parade in Dallas and plan to upload a video to the YouTube channel, when it’s edited.
Now that 2012 is here, it's a great time to reassess and make changes as needed. Here are my thoughts in no particular order on how to enhance your success and that of those around you. Happy New Year!
1. Create a personal mission statement
2. Create a personal growth plan
3. Create a list of your past or potential strategic alliances and take action
4. Exploit your niche markets
5. Call (do not tweet, text or email) your most treasured friends and wish them a happy new year
6. Call your most treasured family members and wish them a happy new year
7. Call your most treasured business connections and wish them a happy new year
8. Call your most treasured high school/college classmates and/or Greek (sorority/fraternity) connections and wish them a happy new year
9. Call your most treasured church or faith-based connections and wish them a happy new year
10. Review your 12 most successful career and business achievements and repeat
11. Donate/volunteer to 12 nonprofit or faith-based organizations
12. Create or update a will, a living will and a durable power of attorney
About the Author:
Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.