March Forth!

On March 4th, twenty plus years ago, a former coworker’s brother lost his battle with AIDS. Although obviously saddened with grief and loss, the family saw his death on March 4th as a sign – a sign to “march fourth” and make a difference in the lives of others. 

We have many special days in that are meant to inspire us to be community minded such as Martin Luther King Day and Make a Difference Day but March 4th has become my special day. I see it as a day to march forth with my own personal agenda, a day to push my own envelope. It is a day for action. 

A couple of years ago, my sister who is a March 4th convert, decided it was the day to give notice of her intent to retire, a decision she had postponed and lamented over for quite some time. I have used the day to write letters to the editor, send out letters/emails to friends about issues that I care about, brought in lifesaving information to share with coworkers, read a book about women’s history that I never found the time to sit and enjoy and taking a teen friend out for lunch and listening to her dreams and passions. So simple – march forth….. 

Imagine my excitement when I heard about the special viewing of Half the Sky, airing a selected theaters on March 4th! Half the Sky is inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s New York Times bestseller, “Half The Sky,” which follows the stories of extraordinary women around the world as they struggle to overcome oppression. Kristof and WuDunn focus on three major problems facing women – sex trafficking, maternal mortality and violence against women. They argue that empowering women is the key to alleviating poverty and uplifting communities in developing countries. 

A film on overcoming oppression and violence against women! Could anything be more perfect for my own personal pushing buttons day? Go to 

Grab your friends and some popcorn and get to a theater near you. Or join me at the Oxford 7 at 7:30 PM! 

March forth! 

Beth Morrison 

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