My husband and I watched the most beautiful movie, Born into Brothels this weekend. With the recent disaster in Haiti I wasn't sure I'd be able to spend my Friday night watching a movie about harsh living conditions, especially for children. I was looking for escape. However, this movie turned out to be spectacular and even uplifting (watch the special features on the DVD to see what happens to the kids three years later). It beautifully showed how one woman, kids in need and a few cameras can change the world through creativity. I was inspired.
My family wouldn't be so keen on me dumping them to live in India for a few years but luckily there are some local places a girl like me could help out. Art With Heart was founded by Steffanie Lorig to help children in crisis heal through art. This movie was such a testament that art really can help kids.
This Help Portrait looks interesting too but I haven't checked it out fully but as a photographer, I'm intrigued how my photos could directly help folks.
I admit, I spent my Martin Luther King's Day doing laundry (4 loads!), cleaning the kitchen and going on a beach walk. Not much civic duty there but hopefully by writing this down, the family and I will be inspired to do something, even if it is small. I'd like to get them involved too -- before Dr. King's next birthday rolls around!