The Dream of Martin Luther King

“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.” 

Dr. King included those words during his stirring address to hundreds of thousands of Americans from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 – a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  More than 60 years ago.

Many of the specific ills Dr. King noted during that speech – blacks unable to buy homes in white neighborhoods, “whites only” signs in shops and businesses, blacks not allowed to vote in Mississippi – no longer exist in America and haven’t for generations.

But has our great nation truly fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?  Is everyone truly judged by the content of his character?  Or are we still discriminating, in practice if not in law?  Are we judging individuals as individuals, or according to some real or perceived group characteristic?

As we celebrate Dr. King, and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his dream, let us not only remember the promise of America – that all men are created equal, and are to be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – but act to fulfill it.

Have a blessed day.

Charlie Carner


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