I Have A Dream
I HAVE A DREAM
"I say to you today, my friends, though, 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, 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 Junior gave this speech 53 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, ringing out his American dream, the dream each of us have I believe, that is the dream of hope, justice, acceptance, and safety in our own country. It was then that King, sounded his trumpet, bringing to light, and standing for the cause of racial justice.
All men, and all women are created equal. But why do we as a country fail to recognize that? Why do we stammer and find excuses, find reasons to point the finger, which eventually leads to pointing the gun. How is it that we can even look to find racial equality, whatever the skin color may appear to be, when we are so busy creating problems, so busy finding offense.
Freedom comes when we look past the flesh, and see inside the soul. It happens when we get out of bed, and decide that the person you will sit next to on the metro is your brother, and the woman who is standing in front of you at the grocery store is your sister. Freedom and equality happens the moment we stop pulling away and quit finding problems. Freedom and equality happens the moment we give a helping hand, and when we start looking for solutions.
"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning.
"My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim 's pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring.''
And if America is to be a great nation , this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountain side. Let freedom ring . . .
When we allow freedom to ring-when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, Free at last, Great God almighty, We are free at last."