“I have a dream” the iconic and transformative words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr shared 50 years ago during the March on Washington. These words have been used, repeated, sung, drawn, chanted, cried, yelled, whispered, translated…they have shared over the decades serving as a rallying cry for justice and equality. Many organizations, schools, colleges/universities, churches, and other community groups will be honoring the memory, legacy, and spirit of Dr. King with service projects, speech re-enactments, open mic performances, and other commemorative events.
Like others, I too will be honoring Dr King during the events at Ohio University. In the last few days I have been reflecting over Dr King’s legacy, wondering why is it that we talk about justice, equality, inclusivity, freedom for all, and the work to be done on this day…why doe we limit the conversation and action to one day a year? Shouldn’t we honor Dr King’s memory and spirit everyday? Shouldn’t we continue the work of all those who fought for freedom, all the known and unknown sheroes and heroes of equality, at every moment of our lives? Many argue and believe that Christmas should be lived everyday, creating a space for Jesus in our hearts and world every day…so to should the holiness and prophetic calling of Martin Luther King’s day should be honored every day. The dream is not a one day thing, but an ongoing commitment to ensure that all people are created equal truly means that all people are created equal.
I also wonder what is keeping the dream and vision from becoming reality? Is it because we have limited the conversation to one day out of the year? How do we keep the conversation going, how do we embody the dream? I have more questions then answers but pray and hope that like prophetess Ella Baker says, “we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”
May we live and celebrate and embody the dream not only on January 20th but every day in our thoughts, words, and actions!!! Blessed be!
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