By Tracey Hall ~
Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech described his hopes for future equality.
The line that holds the most special meaning for me is: “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.”
This dream is to think that Dr. King’s children, our own children, and children everywhere, will inherit a world of equality. This speech was delivered in 1963 and here we are 58 years later, still intensely struggling with racial tensions and unrest throughout this country.
The phrase, “judged…by the content of their character,” elicits an emotional response because we should all care about our character. Our word is our promise, our actions speak louder than words. Keeping promises, speaking truthfully and opening up to the fact that though we may look different we all want the same thing.
We want our children to be safe and grow up to have their own families. We want to work and provide for our families. We want to see that they are educated and cared for when ill. We want to be respected, not degraded and able to worship in our church of choice.
This is the American Dream Dr. King longed for. On this day we remember his bravery in speaking out only to unite a country so divided.