Anne Frank….Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s interesting that when we think of Anne Frank, we place her on our “history” line as having lived long, long ago. At the same time we think of Dr. King as a somewhat current political figure because his life was here in the United States, and and we talk about him as if he were a current role model. But they were born the same year.
39. Thirty-nine short years was his life span. But in that time he was arguably one of the most influential men of our time, raising awareness of epic proportion, for humanitarianism, civil rights, and racial inequality. His ideas and commitment inspired and created a movement such as had never been witnessed before, or has been duplicated since.
Next week, we honor and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hold in esteem his great words… (in part)
“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!”