Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day, we think about the significance of this day. On this day as we, attend programs in the celebration of this day with our Community Leaders, our neighbors, families and friends, the most memorable speech of Dr. Martin Luther King is “I have a Dream”. In these ever changing times, his dream still resonates with us today, with the dreams of racial, social, economic, and religious equality, as we continue to strive for unity.
We commend our leaders for the struggles of the past and the triumphs of today. Through our advocacy, volunteering, and joining together for a various cause, the one common factor is basic human equality of a universal right to live a healthy life of peace and progress. Still as we prepare, for the State of the Union for the 44th President, Barack Obama moving forward with our 2012 Agenda next week, we ask ourselves, how far have we come and how far yet do we have to go and we say, while standing on truth and justice the conversations have begun to pave the road of forward moving agenda, as we continue to be a part of the solution. We must reflect of the progress our President has made and continues to strive to do.
Still, in recollection of the march in Washington DC for Jobs and Justice with Rev Al Sharpton and the National Action Network http://www.nationalactionnetwork.net to the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial it was a surreal moment, with many community leaders such as talk show host Micheal Baisden, of 93.1 WZAK, Mark Morial President of the Urban League, The Secretary of the Department of Labor, Martin Luther King Jr. and the list continue. Such influential individuals come together for a cause that has plagued the community since slavery, as we continue to move forward addressing the plight of the African – American man, the family, education, jobs, economics, restoration in the American Society, and ridding abuse we seek to keep our voices heard. To continue to move forward towards equality and justice for all.
Therefore, this day as I sit quietly and ask myself, what would Rev Dr. Martin Luther King be doing today? Would he be holding conferences, doing interviews? What would his message be today? What would his next book be about? Then I start to Imagine, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King all sitting having dinner, the Obama Family and the King Family sitting enjoying dinner together, while the children are playing, watching Civil Rights Movies discussing the history of the past, while listening to Motown, the children watching BET, tweeting to Roxy about their dream for their future. Then I remember, though these are different times, I ask have the hearts of America changed and a quote comes to mind,
“There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality… No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Still, now, as we prepare for this road ahead, I have to thank god for giving us Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, for standing with love and against hate, President Obama for standing for unity and not division. The road we pave today will be the path that’s taken tomorrow, as we imagine the next generation of leaders, Spiritually Grounded, Educated, Family Oriented, Socially Conscious, Economically Sustainable, leading Healthy Lives, we imagine the paradise of lives that the past has long strived. We imagine “The Dream.”