Last night at the Golden Globe Award Show, the award for best supporting actress in a film went to Octavia Spencer. Ms. Spencer played Minnie--a maid in the Civil Rights era movie "The Help," which is based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett.
Ms. Spencer quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in her acceptance speech: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance." She also went on to say that although the "Help" characters are fictional "they represent scores of real people."
I love that she won last night. I love that today is Martin Luther King day. I love that books and movies have a real effect on society. I personally feel changed by this story. I think the telling of it was brave and inspiring. It has had a real impact on the story I have decided to tell.
Did you love "The Help" too?
Happy Martin Luther King Day! May we all strive to be more brave!