“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.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his infamous ‘I Have a Dream” speech, delivered August 28, 1963 during the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C.
Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to a packed crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. His speech spoke of the mistreatment of Blacks- their rejection of jobs and basic rights. The varicolored crowd of demonstrators cheered Dr. King on as his spoken words resonated in their souls. It’s one of the most famous speeches in history and if you never heard it in full, I recommend that you watch the video clip on YouTube.
Dr. King’s dream is still alive today- and it’s strong. I imagine if he were still alive, Dr. King would still be fighting for equality- not just for minorities but also for the disabled and LGBT population. His message still resigns true, right now, in 2013- everyone deserves respect and kindness.
We all have dreams- personal wishes that we hope one day will come true. But what is our dreams for the world? Peace in the Middle East? To stop global warming? End national homelessness? These dreams may seem impossible to achieve but I believe that if we work together, we can make these into a reality. That’s my dream.
So, dear reader, what’s your dream?