Mama: Okay, I’ll sit with you for three songs and then I’ll run downstairs and get my computer and sit in the big chair and work while you fall asleep.
Avi: What work?
Mama: I’m designing a postcard for my theatre company and I have to finish it tonight.
Avi: You go to the theatre?
Mama: Yes, I own a theatre company.Â We don’t have a building yet, but we are a company.Â I’m the boss.
She giggles and I smile.
Mama: Is that funny?
Avi: Yes.Â She giggles some more.
Mama: But you know what we do? We hire women and girls.Â We help them become better theatre artists, and stronger leaders, and change the world.
Avi: And Do Good Stuff.
Mama: Yes, And Do Good Stuff.Â Just like….do you remember who’s birthday it is today?
She points to herself and smiles slyly.
Mama: Martin Luther King, Jr.Â He was a great man who changed the world.
Avi: Why do we say it’s his birthday?
Mama: Because he was a great man.Â He worked very hard to help all people be treated well, no matter what color skin they have.Â And we want to remember him so we always celebrate his birthday.
Avi:Â And he was born this day?
May we all remember this birth that changed the world, honor the women and men who continue and broaden his work, and honor the births of new movers and shakers.