A tribute to a voice and greatness

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I  learned of the message of Dr. King when I was seven years old in first grade. We were exposed to his speeches and I was instantly a fan. His death, like that of Bobby Kennedy is a memory of my childhood I cannot shake. I have a dream Dr. King because of you.

My dream starts with equality for all. Regardless…religion, weight, height, skin color, accent, disability or orientation we are all equal.

My dream is easier than Dr. King’s. Why? I don’t have to stand in the streets and be beaten or sprayed with a fire hose. I don’t have to walk in fear across a bridge. My dream is possible because of the men and women who stood next to, in front of and behind Dr. King. The people willing to die for dreams.

So on this day let us remember his greatness. A shared common good that makes each of us stronger. It makes us a better nation still struggling for that dream. No, not a nation only, a world. A better world for the struggles that cry out to us “I have a dream.”

The drum major doesn’t only lead us when the band is playing. He leads us when we are quiet and alone or standing together not playing but the music is there. The beat Dr. King you started will never stop.

We have a dream.

It was once represented by the lady in the harbor. Her beckoning arms open and inviting to any and all that would come. Then the drum major became you Dr. King. The statue in the park now. Taken from us far to early with so much of the path yet to walk.

We still hear you.

We still dream.

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King…

“And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve. (Amen) You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. (All right) You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. (Amen) You only need a heart full of grace, (Yes, sir, Amen) a soul generated by love. (Yes) And you can be that servant.” (From Dr. King’s last sermon).


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