Saturday, January 17, 2009

True Celebration of MLK Day

I'm curious if anyone celebrates a day for MLK by serving in the community? If you are looking for that let me know and I can hook you up Monday. After all, our dreams and our actions work hand in hand. What better way to pay tribute to MLK than to usher in the reality?!

I recall a guy at grad school who would open his apartment window that overlooked the center of campus and he'd replay some of MLK's greatest speeches. Imagine walking to campus with a focus on class, the assignment you didn't read, your own little world, and having words echo through the open campus disrupting your individual march:

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And 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!

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