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Blog Exercises: If You Had a Dream Speech

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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.

Martin Luther King

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?

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.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.

Wish to blog about this? Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

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!

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, I love this. Out of frustration (which I don’t actually recommend) I wrote my own “Dream” blog post about a year and a half ago and it led me to becoming a contributing author for a women’s organization at a national level, which brought me back around to writing locally for Clark College (believe it or not!). The “Dream” post was the launch point of a theme for me and I’ve been able to educate a large audience on issues deeply personal and important to me, which has always been a dream in and of itself. Although pressing “publish” was pretty scary, writing it was cathartic and healing and, though I’m proud of all of the work I’ve done, I am and always will be most proud of that particular post.

    • Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Wonderful! You never know where a dream speech will take you, and the ripples it causes. I wonder what MLK would think of today’s world so inspired by his speech. What will the world look like 10 years or more from now because of your own speech.

      You are so right. Publishing a dream speech is scary stuff, but it can heal both you and the reader. Good for you! Can we have a link to it?

      Thanks.

  2. Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Here you go! I’d link to it on my own blog but I got “delete happy” quite a while ago and it looks like I deleted it: Why I Care.

    • Posted June 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      LOl! Too funny. Glad it is preserved somewhere.

      It reminds me of the NPR – WireTap episode I heard last night. Couldn’t find the podcast version yet online but it started with a fabulous prose defining what love means, looking back to a time when love meant holding hands, walking arm and arm together united in cause and believe, fighting for each other not against each other…I’ll keep an eye out for it over the next days and post the link here.

      Good for you, and congrats for letting your voice and dream be heard.

      And watch out for that delete button.


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