Sunday, January 14, 2007

I Have a Dream Today!

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By Dr. Martin L. King Jr.
[Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963]

When we lose his dream we are lost!

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!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."²

Full Text

“the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."


Bob said...

Isn't it time to rename the holiday? My internet source is not respectable but the information is accurate:

"FBI surveillance showed that King had dozens of extramarital affairs. Although many of the pertinent records are sealed, several agents who watched observed him engage in many questionable acts including buying prostitutes with SCLC money. Ralph Abernathy, who King called "the best friend I have in the world," substantiated many of these charges in his autobiography, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...."

There are many other charges based upon facts. I think the most serious is that the gentleman was a theological liberal and not a Christian, as his life showed.

hank_F_M said...

Hi Bob

Yes the man was a sinner. But who, since Jesus, did not commit sins?

That is not why he should be honored, though it should perhaps be remembered so that no one forgets how exalted one is they still have to fight the daily war against sin in their lives.

But he did do things that are worth honoring him. He managed to walk that line between seeking the dream and seeing the limit of how far it can be pushed. Few are given that gift and very few in this country since then.

The point of my post was his dream not the man, that however much we fail in reaching for the dream, when we lose it we are lost.

And check out the links on the page. They go to his niece’s site, which you might find interesting.

Bob said...

I am afraid that I don't know what links that you mean that go to the niece's site.

The man was so engaged in fraud that his name overshadows the cause. I think that the day should be re-named but I doubt that anything will ever happen, sadly. It is very difficult for me to find anyway to respect the man personally. He is just another Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton to me. I admire Ralph Abernathy more for the courage to publish the truth in spite of the hatred that was heaped upon him for it.

Perhaps the day should be renamed something general such as Liberty Day.

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