I Have a Dream

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This photograph won the Pulitzer prize in 1976 and is one of my new favorites. :0)

We all have dreams, things in life we want to accomplish or see accomplished. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream to change this country’s view of violence and segregation. His dedication and perseverance aided him in becoming one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Since the 1960’s, this country has come a long way; however, we still have so much farther to go. Racism still exists and it is apparent in schools, living situations, and career opportunities for minorities. Schools, even cities, are still segregated, and proposals are being made to reverse the effort to reduce this evil.
Washington D.C., our own nation’s capital, is extremely segregated. On the outskirts of the city, there is a community of higher class living, where almost all of the residents are of no minority status. On the other side of the city, however, are the slums. Here you can see the capital building while sitting on a porch of a run down “house”.
Racism is not over and I may not even see it end in my lifetime. Today we honor MLK for his accomplishments, but today should also be a reminder for how far we still have to go. I hope one day his dream, as well as mine, will be seen.

This brings me to a conversation I had the other day with someone. During the time of the Civil Rights movement, people such as James Merideth would set off to walk 220 miles to show their passion for an issue, knowing very well that life was at risk. Where is that kind of passion now?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” MLK