Thanks For The Dream

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today, fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his “I Have A Dream. During his speech he called for an end to racism. He delivered this speech to more than 250,000 supporters, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This moment defined the Civil Rights Movement.
1963, Lincoln Memorial
As I reflect back on this very important day, I want to say Thank You for the Dream. Thank you to those that fought the fight. Thank you to those that marched, sat at counters and that were beaten, so we can have equal rights. 

We are making big strides in America. Who would have ever thought that we would have a Black President? A Black President who will speak on this 50th Anniversary. Because of his “Dream”, we are Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Athletes, Actors, Actress, Politicians and Musicians. 

Because of his “Dream” my nephews and nieces can go to the best schools. Because of his "Dream" we no longer have to sit at the back of the bus and drink out of colored only fountains. 
President Obama, 50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream" 

Yes, there is still work to be done. We face some adversities like discrimination, povertyracism and violence against our ownBlacks still have highest poverty rates, at 25.8 percent.

We still face discrimination, especially against black males. They are still racially profiled and followed because they look suspect. With the election of our first black President, racism is stronger than ever. Let’s not talk about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case that divided so many. 

And, we have to stop the violence against our own. We are killing like we are back in the 1960’s, especially in my own backyard.The violence in Miami Garden is out of control. We are living in a war zone. Every week someone dies because of these senseless crimes.

My concern is, once the leaders of our times pass away, who will lead us next. My fear is, the generation coming up will forget about the true meaning of this day and what it means to so many. Please, don’t let Dr. King’s dream die. At 3pm, when those bells ring, take time to reflect on what this day means to you. 

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