Most of us say at some point in our lives, “I have a dream.” How many of us can say it as masterfully and historically as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?” No one I know. As we approach the 60th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream Speech,” let us reflect on the essence of those words. It was a time our nation was searching for a path to equality–an equality for all mankind. We are still searching. . .
It seems like centuries ago, when a young mother watched the “March on Washington” led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The world knew him. Many respected him but many hated him! Who was he? He was a man destined to use his understanding of God to serve mankind. He traveled a road the so-called “chosen ones” had traveled long before him. The greatest of all travelers…being Jesus Christ. But this day, August 28, 1963, was different. It was not the 250,000 people who stood in silence when he spoke, cheered when his words touched their souls, but it was the day this great man shared his dream.
What did Dr. King mean when he said, “I have a dream?” Did he achieve it? Have we achieved it? The dream was equality, mental freedom, cultural discretion, justice and human dignity for all mankind. Did King live his dream? Are we living it? The answer to both questions is a resounding No! “Four little black children” in America today, are still living the nightmares of yesterday. But because of the physical and mental suffering of Dr. King, the foundation was laid. Now, we must build the structure, so that future generations can add the housetop.
A Detroit saxophonist seeks to continue the journey with a poem entitled “Martin’s Dream.” He has been licensed by the King Family to use 37 seconds of the “I Have a Dream Speech” in a poem and song. In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream Speech,” Parham has embarked on a national effort to use prominent ministers, community leaders, churches and anyone sharing the King Dream to make a video to share worldwide. Take a look at the trailer below:
To make Parham’s dream a reality, musicians, videographers, studios, photographers, producers, church members will come together and create a video. But . . . we need your help to do so. A GoFundMe page has been set-up to raise money for this. Please make a donation. No donation is too small or too large. Click here. All contributors/ donors will be asked to meet at a central location, sit together, and be filmed for the video. Your names will appear as contributors in the video.
Excerpts from the “I Have a Dream Speech”
“I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’
“This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. . . With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
“And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!’ And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.