On this day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met with President John F. Kennedy. After that meeting, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd estimated to be 250,000, but I bet it was many, many more. Regardless, it is one of the most famous speeches in history.
Most probably don’t remember that the March on Washington that day was for Jobs and Freedom, but do remember some of the speech’s content that was “aimed on ending racial discrimination in schools, the workplace, and protection of civil rights workers from police brutality.“* It was a different era; a different time, yet sadly discrimination still exists. If it is not color then it is religion. If not religion then color. And the issues butt heads and go round and round.
I have a dream this will all end. I know it will as one day the lion will lie with the lamb, but until Christ returns and there is a millennium of peace, practice peace and live out the fruit of the spirit as found in Galatians 5.22+23: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
What a dream if all who confess to be Christians, try to do this daily!
Here’s a link to listen to the whole speech:
That speech is filled with such hope and passion.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963
I have often wondered what would our world look like now if Dr. King was still alive. Would we still have the racism that seems to be moving backward instead of forward? Would we still be listening to his speeches? I wonder.
He was a picture of what the church looks like when we get up and support something we believe in which we still should be doing today.
“Let’s not judge people by the color of their skin but the content of their character” as Dr. King said some 56 years ago today. In doing so, we will…
What a legacy!
What an example!
What a great man of God used mightily in the short life he lived. Be a Martin. Be a leader, be an example, and be a person of love and influence.
Some posts to look back on:
*wikipedia more on the famed speech https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream
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