Every year I take pause to remember and thank God for causing me to be born into the same family that brought forth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a child, I could never have imagined that I would grow up to follow in his footsteps, and the footsteps of his brother, my father, Rev. A. D. King, and their father and my grandfather, Daddy King.
Having come from a Christian background with strong and faithful men and women of God in my bloodline, I am grateful to remember yet another anniversary of August 28, that historical day when Uncle MLK made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. My parents were there among the thousands gathered to hear a message of hope.
That dream is still alive today, because it is rooted in the American Dream and in the Word of God. In the midst of the nightmares of violence, anger and hatred all around us, we must still have a dream.
As my Uncle MLK once said: “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish as fools.” He dreamed of a world where people would live beyond the battles over skin color, religious wars, and all socio-economic differences.
My Uncle and my Daddy dreamed of a “Beloved Community” where all human beings would be loved and respected. Of course, we live in an imperfect world and are born into adversity. Yet we can remember the love of our Creator and look up and move forward towards a better destiny. With humans this will remain impossible. Yet with God, all things are possible.
Pray with me today as we remember the Dream of MLK, that God will grant us the joy of having that dream become reality.