Monday, January 17, 2005

I Have a Dream

We celebrate in the U.S. today the birth of a great American who, we expect, will forever continue to have a good effect on this nation and the world.

Martin Luther King, Jr., the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize, made the I Have a Dream speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Read or listen (Mp3). I recommend listen:
I Have a Dream speech
Dr. King makes the case very well that there is more to democracy than voting.

This speech has become perhaps the most important contribution of Dr. King, one of the most influential men in United States history. He held us accountable for racial and economic injustice and made non-violence the most successful form of protest in a nation needing violent change.
The Seven Steps of Non-Violent Action
The impact Dr. King's work and especially the I Have a Dream speech still reverberate through the U.S. and the world.

Now, think how different the world would be if representatives of Islam had adopted rather than come out against this speech and these methods.

I, too, have a dream and believe that you do too, or you wouldn't be reading. Keep reading and keep speaking out for right. It works.

Words are mightier than a sword.


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