Today we recognize the passing of a man who wanted nothing more than for all men to realize their potential. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating this federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr, in 1983.
Most of the banking and financial services are closed today in honor of Dr. King. But, I am not. I am here today to let you know about a man and his work which I believe would have made King proud.
All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This past Saturday I had the good fortune to attend the live performance of Eddie from Ohio at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Most of the original songs and lead vocals are supplied by one Robbie Schaefer. He crafts some very catchy tunes and is a true performer. If you have an opportunity to see them I would strongly encourage you to do so.
It was a great show and I’m glad I was there with Mike, Bill, Bill and Jean. But, what you should know about today is Robbie’s other creation, the organization that I believe exemplifies King’s ideal: his OneVoice Community, an organization whose mission is to promote peace and cultural awareness among children through music and multimedia expression.
OneVoice recognizes “the power of music to heal, nurture, and help us understand our essential selves. It enables us to express our connectedness, our wholeness of spirit, and reaffirm a sense of meaning in our lives.” As to why, the answer is simply that “before we were different we were the same.”
On January 27, at the Unitarian Church on Hunter Mill in Oakton, Virginia, you have the opportunity to hear Robbie play for the benefit of the One Voice Community efforts. This is a fundraiser for the project to help pay for better instruments, instruction and those things we take for granted like potable water. The suggested donation is a very reasonable $15 and students are free. Make plans to support this very worthy organization now. You’ll have a blast!
I will find a way to direct some of our successes here at MetFund towards this most worthy goal. When you have a chance I encourage you to take a look and see for yourself. I believe you will find the same bit of magic that I found.