I Have a Dream
This happens to be one of my most favorite speeches. I watch it or read it at least every year. It starts at a slow pace but has a crescendo that ends with the “I have a dream” statements. I’ll end the blog with my favorite section.
Dreams start at the beginning of our life. As parents, we think our babies dream and actually wake up or make noises in their sleep. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what they were. As children we dream of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy and a new bike for Christmas. This grows into the dreams of a great future in the career of our choice and the mate that will be so perfect and loving. We are blessed to have some of our dreams come true, some dreams that we couldn’t have even imagined, some that are not perfect but all-in-all still quite enjoyable. But, the dream of the great Martin Luther King is bigger than a fantasy -it’s a culture shift. We should all dream for greatness in our culture and changes that will make all equal. Equal rights to freedom, wages, position, healthcare and the list goes on. God has blessed many of us with the energy and intelligence to help move our country forward the way Martin Luther King did. Please take the time to read Martin Luther King’s “freedom statements” and enjoy the photo recognizing this great man.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.