During a march on Washington, DC, in August 1963, the pastor and civil rights activist, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., gave a speech that was heard around the world.
“I have a dream,” he recited, “that my four grandchildren 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. Today I have a dream.”
Today, nearly 54 years after his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, that speech still carries weight and its message still goes out, but sadly, King’s children and granddaughter still don’t see what he had imagined so long ago.
The killings of black men and women, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and David McAtee — to name a few — are still continuing nearly five decades after King’s call for our country to end end to its racism, bigotry and hatred.
How can we as a society continue to judge, harass and kill people based solely on the color of their skin? have we not learned?
This week would have been MLK’s 93rd birthday, and he would be ashamed of what is happening in our country.
When he died in 1968, black people in America were fighting for their basic human rights. It’s now 2022 and people of color are still fighting. Fortunately, they are joined by many others in the fight.
While the summer of 2020 was marked by civil unrest, protests, anger and tears, it was a summer that once again started the conversation about enough is enough.
In 2022, as a society, we need to keep moving forward, not backward.
MLK’s dream was for children, black or white, to play together happily and peacefully.
Let’s start this new year with his dream in mind. Let’s respect our neighbors and support causes of conscience. Let us remember injustices and work to prevent them from happening again.
We have the ability to do better as a society, but what it will take is an awareness of injustice and the will to eradicate it.
Let’s keep Dr. King’s dream alive.