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Dreaming of freedom

The first time I heard Dr. Martin Luther King‘s voice I was moved. His voice shook my very being. His “I have a dream” speech touched me and shaped my life into that of a dreamer.

I felt his strength and belief in a dream that one day the world would be free of hate. Because of him I began to see that the world doesn’t have to be the way it is. I saw that by having the bravery to stand against the reality was the only way for change to take place.

Each time that I lose faith in mankind it is in this great man’s voice that I retrieve it. I find my strength to believe in this great dream through his strong faith and leadership.

He is no longer physically in this world due to an act of hate resulting in his assassination on April 4, 1968. He is found in the world today through his teachings left behind as a gift to the world. All we have to do is listen to the depth of his words.

Here is the end of his famous speech:

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!

To read the rest of Dr. King’s speech click here.
Or, you can watch it below.


I have a dream

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Are we free, yet?
Or, do we get out of one trap of hate only to find ourselves caught in another?

I am asking this because I still hear the same hate and fear in this world that I heard as a child. The focus seems to have simply shifted from one group to another. Maybe, that is all it has ever done. We never have really grown as people opening our minds and hearts up to others. We have merely moved on to hate another new group.

I won’t ever give up the dream Dr. King gave to me as a small child. The dream that one day we will all break free from the chains of hate.

I have a dream.

Just think about it.

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Remember Segregation

The King Center

Civil Rights Museum

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  • carra May 18, 2006, 10:37 am

    Beautiful post Pumpkin. I wasn’t even born when Dr. Martin Luther King was making speaches, but I did learn about him and I never forgot him. He is definately a person who left a lot to think about for generations to come, after us. Maybe people will learn, I hope they will. That speach that you quated was probably the best speach I heard in my entire life.

  • Pumpkin May 18, 2006, 10:53 am

    I was born in 1970 but grew up hearing his words and learning from his teachings. He was a great man.

  • peepfrench May 18, 2006, 12:05 pm

    Such an uplifting post, Pumpkin! I was a young child when this great man was assassinated.

    If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, I believe that he would be most distraught over the state of our world….
    http://www.globalissues.org/

  • Pumpkin May 18, 2006, 12:31 pm

    Peepfrench, thank you for that link. Global Issues for everyone..I like it. :)
    I will be adding this site to my must reads list.

  • Bernadette May 18, 2006, 8:23 pm

    Wonderful post, Pumpkin. MLK Jr. was a wonderful man and his legacy lives on as you suggested. Sadly, I do not think that this world is better now than ever. Progress is made in some areas and then great devastation continues to exist (genocide, poverty, political greed). The more things change, the more they remain the same.

    However, all hope is not lost. Educating ourselves and others about injustice is important. It seems overwhelming…to think of how to best help rid this world of all the injustices. Personally, I think that it is most important in the small things – kindness, compassion, giving what we can, and again…encouraging people to challenge more than accept.

    Your post today does just that…it reminds us to be aware and to evoke that kindness and compassion into our everyday lives.

  • Pam May 18, 2006, 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the reminder…beautiful post

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