I Have A Dream: A Report Card 50 Years After
Dr. King’s Assassination
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“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
“As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, ‘When will you be satisfied?’ …. we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
It’s just as true today as it was when Dr. King spoke these words in 1963. There are real people, real families, real communities suffering because of the apathy of many of our fellow citizens and the inability of our politicians to make real change.
I’m guilty of going about my normal day focused on my family, my work, my life, my..my..my; me..me..me. Never thinking about taking proactive steps to help those in need, especially my neighbors of color. This book is a small step to change that. I want to learn more. Share more. Do more.
Another relevant quote from Dr. King is from his 1965 commencement address to Oberlin College:
“Let nobody give you the impression that the problem of racial injustice will work itself out. Let nobody give you the impression that only time will solve the problem. That is a myth, and it is a myth because time is neutral. It can be used either constructively or destructively. And I’m absolutely convinced that the people of ill will in our nation—the extreme rightists—the forces committed to negative ends—have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic works and violent actions of the bad people who bomb a church in Birmingham, Alabama, or shoot down a civil rights worker in Selma, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals. Without this hard work, time becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.”
I’d like to encourage you to make the time to do what is right. Get involved with a local or national organization dedicated to equality. I include several throughout the book, and I encourage you to share others by posting a comment below.