With a grateful heart, I write in memory and in honor of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The village that raised me never hesitated to teach me about “my” history regardless of what was in the curriculum at each school I attended. As the lessons were taught I found myself quite envious, if you will. I wished I was apart of every civil rights act, each freedom ride, sit in, march on Washington and every bus boycott. Although I had never seen a protest with my own eyes I often envisioned participating in one, standing up for what was right; equality for all. I was an activist at heart at a very young age.
As I read more, learned more and grew more I became frustrated. I searched all over in my neighborhood and those surrounding me but there were no Dr. King’s, no Medgar Evers’, no SNCC and no protests. Yet, there were tons of complaints. Wait! What?
Most folk were and still are waiting on a Dr. King to make a difference. Some are doubtful that his tactics and leadership strategies would work in this present day. “Protests and marches are pointless”, some have declared.
My questions to those doubters…why complain? What are you doing to change the status quo? What services are you rendering to your community?
I have a dream too…
I have a dream that people will stop waiting for the next Dr. King to take a stand on equality. I dream of a time where my people will no longer fault the 1st black President of the United States and Oprah for the mishaps in the black communities. I dream that all across the nation people will start to take stands on their own with eyes ready to see a difference, minds determined to make plans for a difference and hearts to stick around to see the difference.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and stop fighting over the minuscule subjects like partisanship. I have dream that politics will no longer be the suit wearing bloods and crips, but that they will one day come together to truly live out the meaning of this nation’s creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” regardless of race, educational background, socio economic status, political affiliation, gender or sexually orientation.
I have a dream that my children will not have to be bused out to a school in a different community to receive a quality education. I dream that my future husband and I will not have a hard time selecting which area to reside in based upon the number of school violence in the area.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, society will not have to wait on YouTube videos like “Sh_ white girls say to black girls” to discuss micro-aggressions – or, as the American Psychological Association defines them, the “everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden messages being sent to them.”
I have a dream today just like Dr. King.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
This is my hope. This is the faith that I sit in anticipation with. With this faith, I pray that we will be able to carve out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith it is my prayer that we will be able to transform the discords of our nation into a beautiful masterpiece of unity. “With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”