Jan 20, 2008

As we sit on the eve of King Day. I think that it is important that we reflect on the words of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. Just as those words were true in 1963 so too are they true today. As I look at the election campaigns on the Democrat side, I can say that this country has come a long way. It's great to see that an African American and a woman actually have a viable chance to become President of the United States of America. But as I listen to some of the rhetoric that has come out against Barack Obama, I realize that this country still has a long way to go.

I am a young woman of only 27 years of age. With that being said, I for one never thought I would live to see the day in which Dr. King's Dream would actually become a reality. I believe that we as a country have made great strides in the right direction, but we still have a ways to go. As Dr. King so eloquently put it, the "check" to African Americans in this country is still marked with "insufficient funds".

So too like Dr. King I have a dream. I have a dream that the chains that use to shackle our feet will be freed from our minds. I have a dream that one day my people will get over the fear of self doubt and truly become the great people that we are meant to become; where our men stand up and be real fathers and our women demand more respect for themselves by presenting themselves in a respectable manner. I have a dream. I have a dream that the atrocities commited against black women are considered atrocities against all women. Where the gap between the Hip-Hop generation and the Civil Rights' generation is quickly narrowed because we have to realize that united we stand and divided we shall surely fall. I have a dream. It too is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.

So I share with you two of my favorite speeches. Hopefully they will inspire you just like they inspired me.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream

Barack Obama - One America


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