I wanted to take a moment before this day slipped away and honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. The holiday comes and goes for so many, and although parades and retail in his name, I wanted to reflect on what it means to have a dream.
Whether it’s for unity, equality, freedom or just personal growth, we all have a dream. Some dreams change a nation, as Dr. King’s did. Others can change one’s future. Whatever your dream, take time — if you haven’t already to say a silent thank you to Dr. King. His dream and sacrifice gave way to so many opportunities that many us of us would have never seen come to fruition.
Thank you, Dr. King, for your dream and inspiring dreams in the rest of us.
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have A Dream” speech