“Now, I say to you today my friends, 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.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the 50th anniversary of this speech that did change so much at that time and moving forward, I am afraid the dream of MLK has not been realised. Although obviously leaps and bounds of progress has been made there remains hatred and the fact that many people still feel the blood of humans that don’t resemble themselves is somehow different. That feelings are different and not as important as their own.
It is my hope:
- that one day one million little refugees, most under the age of eleven manage to march 1,000,000 strong in the future having grown up to be decent human beings
- that each and every life becomes as important as though it was part of your own family – the family of humanity world-wide
- that hatred be eradicated and in its place understanding and education and tolerance
Of course the list doesn’t stop there but it is such a tall order that I dare not dream or express my dreams as Martin Luther King Jr. did nor am I able to do so quite as eloquently. He was a fearless man. May he be remembered and honoured on this day and every single day throughout history for the impact he made not only on the USA but on the world.
I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH – King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech: http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf ©1963
I have read and listened to this famous speech many times and the one thing that always strikes me is how current it remains. I look forward to the day this speech is ‘dated’.
Peace be at the gathering(s) today.
Lesley Fletcher is a writer (freelance, books, content, lyrics, stage plays) as well as a visual artist. To learn more about her please visit the tabs here on WordPress or her website at Http://www.LesleyFletcher.com