Today is the day we celebrate the life and legacyof
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
His non violence movement changed this world forever.
I once had to memorize this moving speech.
I believe I was 11 years old. When I actually sat down and read it, truly read it, my heart jumped in my chest.
I cannot imagine what segregation was ever like. I am the first in my family to never experience it. However, I have heard the tales that still linger like a rain cloud.
To not be allowed to simply eat at the same restaurant as others merely because of the color of your skin.
To be hosed and attacked by dogs because you desire the everyday luxuries that you can only hope to obtain.
To be thought of as less than a person.
There are some who would never embrace the dream.
I have, in my lifetime, experienced those people.
At 8, I witnessed the Klan drive by my house.
I will never forget having to sit very quietly as they rode by with their rants.
I will also never forget the image of my mother with her pistol in her lap as they did.
I still believe in Dr. King's Dream....
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Keep the Dream alive...