My friends… Today is a historic day; a day beautifully timed so that we not only celebrate the dreams of one man, but get to see and feel that dream realized through the accomplishments of another man. It is no coincidence that on the eve marking the inauguration of our first African American president, Barack Obama, we also commemorate Martin Luther King Day… a day celebrating the accomplishments of a remarkable man who dared to dream of a future where all Americans would co-exist as equals regardless of race.
In delivering his now famous, “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Mr. King defined the American Civil Rights Movement. In this speech, Mr. King spoke of a dream that one day this nation would “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 … that one day we would live in a nation where our children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their character… that one day the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners would sit down together and share a meal at a table of brotherhood.”
His dream continued with the hope and faith that we would one day “be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we would be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we would be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
He dream to this day challenges us for “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village 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, and 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! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
As Barack Obama takes the oath of office this Tuesday as our 44th US President, Martin Luther King’s dream along with his hope and faith in all of us lives on. He must be smiling down on us from the heavens above today; 46 years later his dreams are finally being realized.
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