It's Martin Luther King Day and when this time of year rolls around, she always comes to mind.
Her name is Laurene Wu McLain. She is a lawyer and a professor and I took her US history class my second year of college. As a teenager, Professor McLain was so moved by Dr. King that she rode a train across the country to hear him speak. Having never experienced anything colder than a Bay Area winter, she'd only brought a sweater for the journey. She told us...
"Someone lent me a coat."
"There was such a spirit of brotherhood and unity."
"People told me I was the first Asian they'd ever met."
At least that's how I remember it. It was a long time ago. But my foggy memory is not the point.
The point is this: brotherhood.
The point is this: unity.
The point is this: get to know people that are not like you because all people are just like you.
The point is this: join a worthy cause.
The point is this: when the opportunity arises, lend a coat.