50th Anniversary — Just Peace Thought from Mattie

Posted on: August 28th, 2013 by jeni No Comments

 

On the 50th Anniversary of the 

March on Washington:

A “Just Peace” Thought

from Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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Former President Jimmy Carter and Jeni Stepanek, PhD, Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, following a peace chat on August 28, 2013 — the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Fifty years ago, Stan Schmidt, former Executive Director of Mattie’s Foundation, walked this walk. I’m sure he’s smiling down on all of us today and continuing the quest for peace here on Earth. — Ann Y. Schmidt (Stan’s widow, and current President of Mattie’s Foundation)

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Thank you for sharing this. Amazing words from a beautiful soul who really got Dr. King’s message. — Mary Ellen Stephens

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So timely especially on this day… – Marcia Siggins Jonas

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And what excerpts they are… imagine a world united and peaceful. As a child he got it, as adults we don’t, isn’t it time. – Sharon Murphy

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Your boy was a messenger, truly. His words contain such breathtaking wisdom and kindness. — Sarah Geller

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Amen I totally agree! — Theresa Kaluzny

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This still holds a place of honor on my bookshelf; right next to “To Kill a Mockingbird” Incredible wisdom and compassion in a small but powerful package. Thank you Mattie. – Lina Nottingham

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Wow, I feel privileged to have known him-brilliant!! — Chris Golden

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God Bless and with gratitude. When I think of how people can hurt others so easily, with actions and words, because they are Different.  1) We are all different, Thank God for that.  2) I wish everyone would listen to Amanda Marshalls’, song, “Shade of Grey” and realize, It is: ” in our darkest hours, it’s all just shades of grey…. ” — Sherri Moe Bartley

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This book is very good…very interesting read. — Mary O’Dea Sare

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What a worthy mission. I am in the midst of reading Mattie’s book with Pres. Carter on peace right now…. Glad you two were able to touch base. — Christine McComus

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Such wisdom from a 13 yr old! If elders heed his incredibly wise words & youth engage as he did, change can happen! – @JezzieBezzie

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The wise words of Mattie J. T. Stepanek, (1990-2004) poet and peace-maker. Beautiful thoughts from a beautiful child. Thank you, Jeni. – Linda Pendleton

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Amazing how a little boy can change the world!!! — Marie Stein

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I often reflect on Mattie’s words of peace … I hold his books, imagine how empowered he must have felt seeing them in print and seeing how many of us bought his books and shared them with people of every age… and I try to imagine how he would have written and spoken to issues old and new as he matured… I do imagine him in deep thought with Abraham, Martin, John….and those who preceded and followed him to the next level… — Roberta Richin

Indeed peace is possible, made even more possible by the efforts of people like you. — @TheGrottoTweets

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Beautiful! Peace IS possible  – Angela Walker

 

One of my favorite books! Love it. I feel so honored to have met him, and that I know you, Jeni. — Lynn Cobourn

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So good! — Paula McCann

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Mattie Stepanek, my here. So is his mom, she’s doing so much, hasn’t slowed down a bit since losing Mattie 9 years ago,even though she has the same disease. Thank you Matttie for all you gave, and Jeni for all you give. — Marge Farrington

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If a child can understand, why can’t we. 50 years later time to put an end to racism. Time to come together in love and understanding! — Susan M. Lullo

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Where are all the elected officials who think this way? — Julia Fletcher

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So beautiful. — Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

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You know I often think of those people who think children should be seen and not heard, could you imagine if we took that approach what we would have missed out on with Mattie’s amazing insight. — Debby Barton

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Such a magnificent young man; left a giant footprint! Read his poetry! For sure an Old Soul! — David Wilson

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Love you still, Mattie!! — Anna L. Doorack Fults

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I wrote President Carter a few years back thanking him for a great many things. I mentioned Mattie and he sent a handwritten letter back and only mentioned Mattie and how wonderful he was. It was so lovely! – Janet White

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Your son was the most special person I have ever seen. Was so touched when he got to meet President Carter. — @kismetlong

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Thank you, Mattie for leaving us these wise words. – Gail Smith

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Awesome book in my library! Awesome Mattie Stepanek! — Patricia Lake Perez

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Thank you Jeni for bringing this remarkable human into this often times callous world, and raising him to be the inspiration he has been to those of us who have been given the privilege of reading his message of Peace! ”♥” – Diane Dunwell-Hoffman

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The words of a child–more meaningful than from any “adult” or politician! God Bless Mattie up in Heaven and let him continue to guide us! — Dyann Burian

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Dreaming and working for peace! Thank you for sharing and for keeping Mattie’s dream alive. Mattie’s truths are marching on! – Bruce Alberts

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What I learned from Mattie: War is always evil. It may be necessary, but it is never good. We will never achieve peace by killing other people’s children. — @Princessshakeitup

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We love you, Mattie Stepanek! — Lydia Hildale

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Keep it going Jeni, people are listening! — Rosie Dannaway Watson

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On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Mattie’s thoughts and words are more important to heed than ever before…Peace is Possible! Laura Bauer (Rosalynn Carter Institute, and current member of Mattie’s Foundation Board of Directors)

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To Be Peaceful

For Jeni Stepanek in memory of Mattie Stepanek

Conscious, peaceful thoughts sometimes can steer one’s life to right.
Gracious, peaceful hands work to bring hidden wrongs to light.
Gentle, peaceful words we speak may often end a fight.
Loving, peaceful deeds will lift another to new heights.
By Cheryl Crockett (@poetatete)
August 28, 2013

 

 

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