Taking Stock of the Dream
This is the week we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take stock of how much closer we are to realizing his dream.
While great strides have been made in the 53 years since Dr. King's plea for racial equality and justice at the March on Washington, we're still a long way away from achieving his vision. In the past year, there have been stark reminders of just how divided this country is along racial lines, the most horrific of those reminders happening in Charleston last June when nine parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were murdered for no reason other than the color of their skin.
Shortly after I attended the MLK community brunch this past weekend, I took my young daughter to the public library, which is our normal routine every few Saturdays. The very first book she picked out on her own is one on the Civil Rights Movement in America. At 7 years of age she has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and she will grow up knowing the struggle many Americans faced and still face.
Consider this… if we are truly going to make the Dream a reality, it starts with education. Prejudice isn't instinctual, it is passed down and it is taught. But that's not lesson we should be teaching.
Instead, we must focus on showing our youth that our country is much better and strong when we accept everyone's differences and use them to unite us and not divide us.
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