It was a warm summer day when Reverend King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. He addressed a crowd of more than 250,000 people, and gave his plea for civility, understanding and basic human rights.
I Have A Dream
Thousands of civil rights supporters gathered together that day for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a peaceful demonstration that would be remembered forever as the day people first heard the “I Have A Dream” speech. Dr. King referred to the event as the “greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”
King’s message was simple, passionate and full of truth. He shared his beautiful dreams of equality, liberty and brotherhood for every person. His hope was that someday all people could live harmoniously, regardless of their race. Read the message of freedom he delivered to the nation here.
Not There Yet
Martin Luther King Jr. longed for a world in which every human being would be judged by their deeds and personal character, not by their skin color. King realized that America was not yet the land he dreamed about. He refused to let this stop or discourage him.
The crowd of thousands listened intently to King’s message of hope. This peaceful demonstration only helped strengthen his faith. King understood that his dream was not a reality, but more importantly he knew that it was worth fighting for.
A Dream That Could Not Be Stopped
It’s been more than four decades since King offered his words of freedom and equality. He would not live to see many of the developments he so desired for his country. Less than five years after King delivered the famous speech, he was assassinated while preparing to lead a protest march in Memphis, Tennessee.
Martin Luther King Jr. may not have seen many of his dreams become a reality, but his words were so full of truth and passion that they will never be forgotten. The pursuit of equality and freedom continued. Nothing could stop Dr. King’s powerful dream.
So much has changed since that day in 1963, but people continue to debate whether or not King’s vision has come true. Some suggest that the election of President Barack Obama represents the full realization of King’s message, but perhaps the very fact that his race is brought up at all shows we’re not quite there yet. We’ve made progress as a country, but there is always more room to dream.
Dr. King’s goal was that every person could enjoy the same freedoms and rights. So what can we do to share in his dream? All we have to do is believe. Believe in those words, believe in humanity and, most importantly, believe in each other. We may not look, sound or even act alike, but in the end we are all just people sharing this planet while on the journey of our lives.
Dreams For The Future
At PeopleFinders, we believe in people. It’s not your race, gender or the color of your skin that matters. What’s important is your character. How you treat your fellow human beings, the choices you make each day and how we all work together. King believed that one day his vision would come true. He shared his dream with the world, and though he is no longer with us, we share that dream with each other today.
It’s been 47 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have Dream speech, and every word continues to ring true. We can all celebrate his dream, and follow our own. Leave us a comment if you would like to share your thoughts on this momentous occasion, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders.com People Search blog.