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I Have a Dream

Born in 1947, I grew up during the years of the civil rights movement. But looking back I was insulated and isolated from the struggle of those whose lives were bound up with the cause so eloquently and courageously expressed by Martin Luther King.

Over the last few days, I’ve been deeply moved to see reflected in the eyes of both black and white Americans a renewed hope for something better than the surly stigma of racial injustice, poverty, and hopelessness.

Today our nation stands at the threshold of a moment that has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

While none of us can afford to put our ultimate hope in any human leader, we can share a vision for a day that will not be marred by the kind of prejudice that keeps us from seeing the priceless value of every person.

Seems to me that the following words express so powerfully the need for a day that will be realized fully only when Christ himself brings racial, ethnic, and economic prejudice to its knees. Even though he is the only One who will bring our dreams for racial equality to complete fulfillment, my heart resonates with the vision and emotion Dr. Martin Luther King expressed when he declared,

I have a dream…

“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 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!”

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22 Responses to “I Have a Dream”

  1. poohpity says:

    Wow, he said a lot about our lives as followers of Christ, to be known for our character. If only!!! What a day that will be for us to be a reflection of the light of God to the world.

  2. poohpity says:

    I apologize to those that already are. I did not intend that for you but for those that have not reached that understanding yet.

  3. carlj says:

    I grew up in a blue collar area that had a lot of racial prejudice. As I am older I have come to admire Dr. King and the way he chose to lead the movement against prejudice in the 60s.

  4. rokdude5 says:

    Im remember as a kid visiting a former professor of my father in a neighborhood whose demographic changed radically. I remember asking my dad if I could go play with the neighboring boy while they visit. He told me no for “….they could hurt you.” I couldnt see the potential “threat” but I comply with my father’s wishes.

    In retrospect, I realized that racism is solely based on conjected notion rather than actual threats.

    I also think that John Lennon used Dr. King’s speech in writing a worldly nonbeliever song just a year later – Imagine. With no apologies to John, Im going to change just a couple of things in those lyrics to make it truly a dream that is worthy to be realized.

    RJ’s Dream-

    Imagine there’s a Heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    Though Hell below us
    and we are in the sky.

    Imagine all the people
    Living for today …

    Imagine there’s no more politics
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    Following one Lord God too

    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace …

    You, you may say I am a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join HIm
    And the world will be as one.

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man

    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world …

    You, you may say I am a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join Him
    And then we will be as one.

  5. Mart De Haan says:

    Hey that’s good!!!

  6. pegramsdell says:

    I though Martin Luther King Jr. was a mighty man of God.
    He was brave, and full of conviction.

  7. Laurielee says:

    I always thought that maybe if everyone was blind, maybe we wouldn’t judge each other based on the color of our skin…then I realized that if we judge each other based on the color of our skin, we ARE blind.

    rokdude, cool adaptation!

    poohpity, my thoughts and prayers go with you tomorrow!
    Please let us know how you’re doing!

  8. gr8grannyjacobs says:

    rokdude5, Old age I guess as I couldn’t remember the words to the original song. So went to you tube and played Imagine as I read your rewrite. Your version was well received here.

  9. gr8grannyjacobs says:

    rokdude5 Forgot to add that is truly a dream worth having.

  10. josiephil says:

    I thank God for this site. I really appreciate everybody’s posting. God lead me to this site 3 mos. ago when i was looking for a site that will encourage & inspire me & to be able to share it with my friends. From then on I was a constant reader.

    I’m from the Philippines with brown skin color. I have so many friends & relatives who are in the US & in some other parts of the world. Racial discrimination is one of the struggles that they experienced in their lives abroad. I hope that this time that Barack Obama become the first African -American President who will lead the US & the world, may he convey a nation/world of no racial discrimination & people with full of hopes.

    God bless everyone!

  11. george.merino08@gmail.com says:

    First of all GOD BLESS RBC MINISTRIES, I was blessed with OUR DAILY BREAD while I was incarcerated in 2003. I have been blessed since my first edition. To see how this ministry continues to grow is awesome (GOD IS GOOD). To also read about Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday on this website is also awesome. Experiencing racism as a young teen for walking through the wrong neighborhood could have made me bitter but by GOD’s GRACE it didn’t. GOD BLESS THE USA and PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

  12. ohgodis says:

    Good Morning
    I am a 69 years old African/Native American raised in Mississippi, a product of segregation. I thank God for my mother who taught me to love everybody. Her job was washing and ironing for “white” people, who delivered their clothes to the house and they were nice people. I remember when Emmet Till was killed and when Dr. King began the campaign for justice, at the time I was 16. It changed the course of my life, you see I had planned to go to Meharry Medical School, in Nashville, but my mother knew I’d be a part of this campaign for justice and being so young and away from home, she feared for my life. So I was sent “up north” to stay with my aunt. I said all this to say, my mom was right, because when Dr. King came to Detroit, I marched with him and I was also in Washington DC when he made this speech. My friend and I shed tears on Monday the 19th remembering because she lived in Memphis and was there when Dr. King was killed. The Dream is fulfilling, as I watch TV and see blacks and whites and childrens enjoying each others’ company on the Mall in Washington waiting for the Inauguration of President Elect Obama who is a man that has shown remarkable character, the words of the song come to mind, “We shall overcome; We will walk hand in hand; We shall live in peace; We are not afraid, God will see us through, Oh deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall oversome some today–Someday is TODAY! God bless us one and all for we are America.

  13. bretnb says:

    I guess I am the only one here thats scared for our country. Color has nothing to do with it.

    A man that has no morals, that took millions from fani-mae and did not stop stop aborted babies to be tossed in to buckets and put in a broom closet to die when the abortion went bad. The man is pure evil and we have millions that believe he is Christ the Saviour.

    Sorry this is a dark day in our history.

  14. BruceC says:

    Dr. King.A man of God; who like so many men and women of God before him; gave his life for his faith.People ask why even today and all I can say is that it is the self-destructive human nature that is in all of us. The sin nature. Like the sin of predjudice. Like pride it’s very sneaky. It isn’t just confined to black and white. It infects all races, all ethnic groups, all levels of the economic scale, degrees of education, physical abilities, etc., etc. The list goes on. It even thrives between Christian denominations. I too have a “dream”. But it is not really a dream, but rather a looking foward to of a promise that I am sure will be kept. That someday we who have put our faith and trust in Christ; shall sit down together at the wedding feast of the Lamb of God. We shall be together with Him for all time. For until that day of His appearing comes my friends, human nature will continue to run amok. We, while here; can be a lamp on a hilltop lighting the way to Him for the rest of mankind to see and believe. May He give us the strength and wisdom to do so.

  15. gr8grannyjacobs says:

    pooh Just in guess you read the blog before you go in for surgery wanted to say, God be with you and comfort you and heal you. Prayers

  16. poohpity says:

    Thank you gr8 the prayers are felt. Feeling very calm this morning and looking forward to watching the president getting sworn in after surgery. Wow what an exciting day!! :)

  17. gr8grannyjacobs says:

    Love God. Love one another. This is my dream and I know it will be fulfilled.

    Laurielee’ You are so right but we know who can give us sight and what a blessing in that knowledge.

  18. M Rose says:

    I have been so excited about the inaguration of Obama….yes, the sanctity of human life is a definite issue here…and I pray that he will receive this revelation from God…however, Obama is now our elected president…and what we are witnessing truly is a reflection of Dr King’s Dream. How exciting to see black and white alike celebrating this moment. Then…may we continue to pray for the President’s safety and for godly wisdom.


  19. SFDBWV says:

    Hello, to Josie and George and ahgodis. For all who see Dr King’s life as a watershed moment in American history. I agree. His attitude of non violence was what won the day for him and all Americans.

    I was in the Marine Corps during the most violent days of the 60s. When the riots were being played out in our cities all accross America.

    I have seen the ugly and the best of human nature. Good and bad people have no color differences. People are after all…people. The only true differences are some people have love in them others have hate.

    I am glad for all Americans who see Dr King as a hero. I am however confused that so many Americans see the election of Mr Obama only as a color issue. Not as a character issue.

    If we have finally arived as so many of us want to. In that color no longer matters. Then the color of Mr Obama should not be an issue at all.

    I understand that many Americans see that Mr Obama’s election has finally brought us to a point where we can accept a person of color as the President. And so cannot seperate the issue of color.

    But shouldn’t we elect people who are the best qualified to serve? Not just because of color?

    Never the less for all who read this posting, I am happy for all people who feel proud today. I am happy for your good feelings and do not want to rain on anyones “parade”. By disscussing politics.

  20. Laurielee says:

    Two of the most important and often repeated words in the Bible…”Fear not.” Do not allow darkness and fear to dwell in your heart…perfect love casts out fear. Nothing is happening today that God did not know about from the beginning. Remember…balance!

  21. soloyo says:

    BRETNB, when I hear about all you write about, before election, just in campaign, me and my family prayed for God’s will, I’m sure God does not want babies to be killed, and all bad issues in new pres calendar, it is not that here nobody can’t be able to see the horrors, instead, you can see all fights can be won by knees, is the only way, we can rise our voices through the land, in all countries but there’s no use, by this moment babies are killed, and that will be worse, ’cause you know this are last times, rise our voices wont have any thing to do if we don’t rise them to God, you can read, more than one say we deserve all we have, obama is not my pres, but I had 7 presidents in my life, and I realize what we deserve the more I read my Bible. Just have to take the right place, you care, you can, pray each time those things come to your mind, don’t feel alone with your opinion, nobody here is unaware of this, but don’t let the situation to steal your peace, stay with this words (they’re not mine) fight is on your knees.
    May God bless you, and keep you safe.

  22. soloyo says:

    BTW, read jan 13rd 09 post, a house divided.

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