“Since “The Dream” was not the topic of the speech, it is incumbent upon us to stop, each January, being distracted by “The Dream” and return to the real topic of the speech that more accurately reflects the life and legacy of Dr. King. Dr. King was not a dreamer. He was a confronter. He did not live his life dreaming of a utopian world free from oppression. He lived his life – and lost it – confronting a cruel world inherently oppressive. And if we are to take up his mantle and move forward we must stop dreaming about the cessation of social injustice and start confronting and conquering the root causes of it.”
God willing, tomorrow, January 15, 2018, we will celebrate the date of birth, life, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of those celebrations will focus on or mention his August 28, 1963, famous “I Have A Dream” speech in which he stated:
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…
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