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 out on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners 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 desert state sweltering with the heat and injustice, 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 down 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.
We’ve all heard these famous words, this poetic speech that moved a nation and changed the world. Today, while there is still hate and prejudice in our world, many of his dreams have come true.
Do you have a dream speech?
What would your dream speech be if you were to write a dream speech?
The most powerful thing about Martin Luther King’s dream was that it was attainable. The US Bill of Rights stated that all men are created equal. The government wasn’t practicing it. That’s easy. Practice what you preach.
Mississippi is still a hot bed of heat and injustice, but it is more representative now of how we can all get along than some other states in the union. King’s children live in a nation where they can get a college education, hold any job, and not be judged by their skin but their character – as long as they aren’t in an area where profiling is practiced. It isn’t perfect but it is improving all the time.
As for state governors free from prejudice – we’re getting closer. Prejudice has shifted from blacks to “immigrants,” so prejudice survives in different forms. George Wallace, identified as the racist governor in King’s speech, famous for his “Segregation now!” speech in 1963, changed his mind about his racist ways and spent the rest of his life fighting for the rights of blacks to vote and hold office until his death in 1998. Government leaders and the people who vote for them are changing their attitudes about racism every year, so yes, things are improving and we’re getting closer to King’s dream.
Pie-in-the-sky wild dreams are great, but rarely do they inspire as much as achievable tasks with personal relevancy. How would your dream speech change under those guidelines?
Your blog exercise today is to write a dream speech.
We all have dreams. Some are big, some are little, some are for us individually, some are for the whole world. What’s yours?
Your blog is a place where you are free to have your say, to share with the world your thoughts, feelings, stories, and expertise. It’s your soap box. Use it.
Some of us have many dreams. I ask you to choose only one dream for this exercise. One soap box to stand on and ask the world to join you in this dream.
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SNEAK PREVIEW: I’ll be putting all these blog exercises together in a rough draft ebook by the end of the month or first part of July and make it available for download. Stay tuned for news and details on getting a free copy!