Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.--"I Have a Dream"

It was 1963 when Dr. King gave his "I have a dream speech" and in which he said: "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". Sometimes I wonder about how far we've come since 1963 and about how far we still have to go. Are we still judging each other based on the color of our skin, or by what's on the inside--our character? It's a question worth asking, a quote worth quoting, and a dream worth making more of reality today. Racism still exits in all directions--I've actually felt racism against me because I'm white. Listening to the audio of Dr. King giving the speech while I read along in the text gives me chills. It's powerful. And it's a speech that needs to be remembered over and over again in America by all Americans.
PS: American Rhetoric ranks it as the #1 speech of all time, and that is a great website to read or listen to almost any worthwhile American speech.


Bekka said...

ha. i am sooooo sorry didn't leave a comment on your blog. I didn't even know i could until i tried on Sally's. I enjoyed your blog too. I had gotten your email about your blog and when i had a free moment i decided to glance for a minute. Looked at all the pics.. felt like i caught up a bit on your life. I was planning on coming back and reading/commenting more.. but i had to run out the door of my house. HOW ARE YOU??? I would LOVE to catch up soon!!!!!!!!! xoxo.

Kelli W. said...

Hi Spence, I'm enjoying reading your thoughts. Just commenting today to say howdy and love you!

Sally F said...

Although I had heard parts of the speech all my life, I don't think I really paid attention until we listened to it while realing the text in a college English class. Powerful! The whole thing, not just the soudnbites we hear over and over again.