|Artist: Kerry Laster|
He wasn't just about a dream speech. It wasn't just about the orchestrated non-violent marches. It wasn't just about the Montgomery Bus Boycotts or the non-violent sit-ins at the lunch counters. It wasn't just about Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her seat on a public bus. It wasn't just about the desegregation of whites and blacks. Of course these events are important and is threaded of our American history. But, maybe we've water downed that Dr. King was just a man who had a remarkable dream and he was invited to the White House to make his speech.
Perhaps we forget that this man was not necessarily a Ruler or President of a country. He didn't have magical powers or have a huge robotic army behind him to aid in the demand of change. This man was an African American citizen in which about 40 to 60 years ago that particular status didn't give you much rights in America no matter your educational background.
Back then, those that challenged the laws of the south were murdered it was just common.
It's the way it was.
It was the way its always been.
The way its always been.
The way ......in which...it had always..... been.
Words are powerful and after awhile "The way its always been" are five words that start to manifest within the mind. You can either suffer or accept this state of mind. Or you challenge and decide to ask the question:
The unsung heroes before and during the Civil Rights Movement knew that change is a challenge worth risking your life over especially within the laws of humanity and equality. The advocates of human service and of change have had many threats and countless have lost their lives over this change. But, in the heart of change their remains the vision of a better tomorrow.
Because who else to ask or do for the betterment of humanity, than You?
This is what Dr. King day means to me. It's not just about a dream when You can make it a reality.