I Have a Dream

love-your-neighborMonday marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Of course everyone has heard of the famous civil rights leader.  We know the speech,

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

There is so much in his famous speech that strikes a cord today. In particular, this:

In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

This rings true given the the buzz on the internet lately, the anger and vitriol directed at our president.  The reality is that more than half of the people who voted in this election support this president.  Like it or not, he is the leader of this nation, of the free world.  This is a good time for everyone to step back, examine their thoughts and actions and consider how history will view you.  Take a deep breath and remember the legacy of Dr. King.  His son recently advocated “nonviolent action when contending with the many social, political and economic issues facing the nation.”  Live in peace, love your neighbor as yourself.

The city will be having a remembrance ceremony Monday at 10:00 a.m. for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  If you are not working, stop by and be a part of it.  Finally, take one of these actions to honor Dr. King: Give something, Learn something, Teach something, Commit to something, or Dream something.

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