Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He fought tirelessly for civil rights and for a dream of equality for everyone, regardless of their race. He is a man who symbolizes peace amidst hatred and perseverance amidst oppression. Dr. King was a true trailblazer, and for that we should all be thankful.
|MLK, Jr. statue in Washington, DC|
As a child, I grew up learning about Dr. King and his non-violent approach to protesting. As I got older, I grew to appreciate the strategist that he was. He spoke beyond freedom and peace, into topics of jobs and even the buying power of the African American community. He was a brilliant mind most certainly worth studying. Nonetheless, nothing has stuck with me more than his dream.
Many of us know portions of his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech given at the Lincoln Memorial. Aside from his uncanny ability to capture his audience with his profound oratory skills, he made such a seemingly impossible task seem possible. He turned the need and desire for change into a dream that everyone could see. He gave us a picture of what life could be. He personified writing the vision, making it plain, and putting works to his faith. He had a dream that he literally dedicated his life to fulfilling. What a dream it was!
As I reflect on Dr. King's legacy, the scripture Acts 2:17 comes to mind.
"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." (NIV)
Ultimately, we all are guaranteed a vision or a dream. The question is, are you willing to dedicate your life to fulfilling it? Will you be the Moses or Dr. King of the world and work toward your dream even if there is no guarantee you'll see if fulfilled in your lifetime? Dr. King gave his life to freedom and equality, but what will your legacy be?