Dreams To Remember

This week we remembered and celebrated the 50th anniversary of what has been called the most important speech the 20th Century. Much has been written on this site, and very well I might add, about “I Have a Dream”. Much will be written about it. I use Dr. Kings quotes, and thoughts quite often. I try to visualize how his words then apply to America today. I’ve taken some of my favorites and put “a face” to them. Our triumphs and our failures. The things that lifted our spirits, as well as those that have broken our hearts.

“A right delayed is a right denied.”

“Science investigates, religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power. Religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts. Religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

“This afternoon we gather in the quiet of this sanctuary to pay our last tribute of respect to these beautiful children of God. They entered the stage of history just a few years ago, and in the brief years that they were privileged to act on this mortal stage, they played their parts exceedingly well. Now the curtain falls; they move through the exit; the drama of their earthly life comes to a close. They are now committed back to that eternity from which they came.”

“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.”

“Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”

“The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee. The cry is always the same. We want to be free.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

“We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, and love has no meaning.”

I don’t think that Dr. King would have ever imagined that exactly 45 years to the day, almost to the hour that he shared his dream, and with his own son, Martin Luther King III in attendance, that America would take a huge step toward making his dream our reality:

“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.”

Dr. King, the night before he died, spoke about looking over the mountain top. We’re all living a glimpse of the other side. A small piece of an incredible dream:

“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.”

To end, I won’t be using anything Dr. King said, but rather something said about Dr. King. Something that is just as valid today as it was then.

“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between his fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask, what kind of a nation we are, and what direction do we want to go in?” Senator Robert Francis Kennedy

Author: Ryan Eatmon

Son, Father, political hack, lover of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and the Marquette University Golden Eagles. Co-Founder and Admin of The Blue Route.

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