1/16/2006

The Dream

When my family first moved to Mississippi in 1965, my grandfather was very concerned because of all that was going on. The civil rights movement was in full swing and Mississippi was one of those states in which murders had been committed because people wanted their rights. I was too young to understand what was going on. I would like to think I would have had enough courage to stand up for what was right and join those who wished to abolish the Jim Crow laws, the poll taxes, and all the other evil things that kept an entire people from exercising their voting rights, their rights to a livelihood, their rights to dignity and their rights not to live in fear of death and violence.

Today, as a nation we honor Dr. Martin Luther King. I honor him as a person who helped changed the landscape of my state for the better. His words in his I Have a Dream speech are available at The King Center. Those words resonate with me.


His death at the hands of a cold blooded killer kept him from seeing the changes that he helped bring about.

PS: I did have a quote from the referenced speech but have since learned that permission must be obtained before using them. The King Center has most of his speeches available.

4 Comments:

Blogger MissingLink said...

Mississippi now looks like a far better place to live than in 1965.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

It is.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

Did you know kids are not learning that speech because the family charges for its usage so the history books leave it out? Not sure they aren't cutting off their nose to spite their face.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

I know. I had used it in a previous post and thought nothing of it. His speeches should be a national treasure.

10:27 AM  

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