Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream of freedom and equality. It was a moving and bold speech that provided a defining moment as African American people fought for their civil rights. Today, Barack Obama – the first African American President of the United States - stood on those same steps to pay tribute to Dr. King. We may still have a way to go but thanks to visionaries like Dr. King, we have progressed.
Be a visionary with me and dream for our children. They are growing up in a world that makes me concerned for the adults they will be.
- I have a dream that children will play in front yards again and watch ants crawl in the grass.
- I have a dream that those children will be safe enough to ride bikes through their neighborhood and come home when the street lights come on.
- I have a dream that children will play on swings and try to get over the metal bar while staring at the clouds.
- I have a dream that someone will realize that standardized testing proves nothing except that humans have the capacity to memorize and so they will be abolished.
- I have a dream that the lockdown and evacuation drills become unnecessary and our children feel safe in their schools.
- I have a dream that young people will be able to just be who they are and not fear telling people that they are gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgendered.
- I have a dream that technology will do what we thought it would – save us time and not use so much of it that we have no time to watch the birds fly, the leaves blow and the waves hit the shore.
- I have a dream that community becomes a priority once again so that people walk away from their computers and value time talking in the same room.
- I have a dream that we teach our children that doing good in this world is more important than winning the dance competition or sporting event.
Dare to dream …
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