Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What’s Your Dream?

Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday as a nation we celebrate January 19, 2009, was a driving force in the push for racial equality. In 1963, King marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who aimed water cannons and sicced police dogs on the marchers whose ranks included teenagers and children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the Caucasian leaders of Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands.

Thrust into the national spotlight in Birmingham, where he was arrested and jailed, King organized a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he evoked the name of Lincoln in his "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of de-segregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

I don’t know about you, but that speech still moves me. Click the triangular play button below to watch it again. It only takes 12 minutes. What’s your dream? For the church? For your family? For the least, the last, and the lost?

1 comment: said...

Absolutely profound.