Today we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who had a dream. The following links will give some information on who he was and his famous often quoted speech. The third link is to the speech he made the day before his assassination.
Now.. I would in no way attempt to hijack or lessen great words from a great man. A man who by his words and actions were for the betterment of people. Not just black people, but all..as he said in his famous speech, “Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow 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!”
I read his words, listen to the recordings and hear the passion in his voice. A voice silenced in 1968 but that still echoes today. Because still today, there is oppression, there are great wrongs going on around us minute by minute. Those in power whether politically, financially, even religiously, are striving hard to keep people down. Keep them locked in a lower place, a place of suffering. By fear, by manipulation, by restricting the availability of necessary goods and services. We have been fed a diet of fear and confusion. A plate of misinformation, changing information and lack of information. Kept confused as to what is real, what is false, what is the best, most accurate way to proceed.
We have been set against each other too many times. Worked up against each other to the point of violence. Those with a golden tongue who have a mighty way with words can do much good, or great damage. We have seen both, but it is the damage that the media feed on. It is the hate, the fear, the confusion that the media toss like chum on the water that creates the feeding frenzy among sharks, to create the frenzy among the people. To flame the fires of anger, of hatred, of great violence. And so many fall and follow. So many quickly feel the anger and think destruction is the way.
We have been taught to believe that our government knows best and to simply fall in line, and many have. Expecting the government to care for them. To the point that we forget how to think for ourselves and stand up for the right and not the oppressive. In peaceful methods.
Martin Luther King Jr, spoke of change through peaceful, nonviolent measures. He spoke of coming together as one. He spoke of peace and building up. What would he think today? His breath was stopped, but his voice was not silenced. Listen to the echoes. Hear his words. Understand his message. In his time, he spoke for the black people. He spoke against oppression, against racism, against all the things that were causing suffering. The things that are still very evident today. Though today, it isn’t one race that is being oppressed, it is all. It is oppression against any and all who do not fall into the scenario and wishes of the oppressors.
Listen to the voice, read the words of Martin Luther King Jr. He had a dream, a great dream, an important dream. Let us today, take his words to heart. Let us today take his dreams as ours. That we can stand on that mountaintop and declare that it is our desire to see all standing peacefully, hand in hand, working together for the betterment of the world and human kind. Push aside the diet of confusion, and feed on the nourishment of hope, peace, understanding and love. Grow strong on the education and clarity of truth. Work to bring about a better life, not just for all.
Listen to the echoes.