In honor of Dr. Marin Luther King’s birthday, I wanted to post his “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King was so eloquent in pointing out how tragic it is when one group of people is not allowed to participate in the fullness of society. When we do not allow a group of people to benefit from the “gifts” of our society, we also do not allow our society to benefit from the gifts of those disenfranchised people.
We are all connected – Black, White, Brown, Yellow – Male, Female – Gay, Straight – Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, Atheist – Old, Young and In-Between. We are all part of the same Source. We are pure source energy and those things like race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation are only illusions of difference, like costumes we wear in this incarnation.
In our various incarnations, we have all been all of these things. For us to identify with our current physical circumstances so strongly that we do not see everyone as our brothers and sisters on this journey is a source of great sadness.
Dr. King spoke up for African-Americans and helped inspire changes in our culture that lead us to our first African-American President of the United States. Of course, we still have far to go in providing full access to the privileges of this country to everyone, but we can point to some progress.
I have a dream that someday we will not use race, gender, age, religion, handicap or sexual orientation to discriminate against anyone.
In that light, here is Dr. King’s inspiring speech.
Text Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young