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I am starting out my social work career and my marriage. I write to relieve stress...mostly by sarcastically telling life stories.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Day

I say to you today, my friends, 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.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

Every year I hear this speech and I am amazed at it's words. The simple fact of how much it touches on our country's dark past and, at times, it's present. I think there is a part of me, as a therapist, who carries speeches like this in my mind as I enter into homes that prove the racial divide still exists. I have lived in every state in this part of the MLK's speech. I love that I am a Southerner but I also know we have history of segregation and exclusion and I refuse to still take part in these judgmental attitudes as Civil Rights now looks on to the gay/lesbian community. I hope that in another forty years we can hear this speech and be closer to the idea "that all men are created equal". 

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