Saturday, April 5, 2008

The continuing dream.

Today in America marks the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. To me, he is a man who has changed the world for the better and his influence is still felt strongly. He is a huge inspiration to me and I'm not ashamed to say that I've cried many times when either reading or listening to his speeches. Someone who can touch so many people and unite them in a worthwhile cause is irreplaceable.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American 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."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!

I have watched America with interest through the years as it looked for a strong leader. Many men have come and gone since and not many seem to have made much of a difference. Not many inspired and not many united. But I see hope on the horizon. I see a light that is so bright it's almost blinding. I see a man who has the capability and the desire to change things. A man who can unite the people like no-one before.... if he only gets the chance. I pray that he does.

Barack Obama is hope.

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