I Have A Dream: What About You?

by admin on February 7, 2011


This is Black History Month, a time to really celebrate and acknowledge those who have already paved the way for us.  I am not just talking about the people in history that we come learn about, but the everyday people who dared to dream a dream and manifest it.  Those everyday people who had a dream like Martin Luther King Jr. and decided no matter the risk, I’m going to step out on faith. Just look around you and you will find them. Let me give you one to help you get started:  President Barack Obama, our first black president. What an accomplishment!  Here’s another, the single black mom, who has been criticized because she had a child at a young age or out of wedlock, but had a dream to get a college degree or start that business and accomplished that dream.  Celebrate her for what she has accomplished!

I have a dream!  What about you? As a black woman, I use to wonder if my dreams were even possible.  The answer is a resounding, YES.  I had to first learn to celebrate me and my accomplishments.  I then looked at others and began celebrating and learning from them.  Learn from those who have already paved the way and celebrate them. It truly does not matter the race, background or religion.  Learn from their successes and failures.  Look around you – they truly are not hard to find. Learn from them! Receive from them! Celebrate them!

The Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream: Here are some excerpts from it.

“And 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 today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and 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. This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

I too have a dream today and I am fulfilling it. There are so many people we can truly celebrate during this month of Black History.  While you are celebrating them – don’t forget to honor them by fulfilling your dreams.  I have a dream: What about you?



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