Martin Luther King Jr. Day- It has traditionally been what I like to call a “foo-foo” holiday, aka a good excuse to take a day off from corporate America. I have been making great use of the day (tongue-in-cheek). I washed a few loads of laundry, hit up a few sales at the local mall, and now I sit here and listen to Pandora and play Words With Friends.
However, a moment ago Brad Paisley’s “Welcome to the Future” caught my attention.
“Hey, wake up Martin Luther
Welcome to the future
Hey, glory, glory, hallelujah
Welcome to the future”
They are such simple lyrics, yet they create quite an impact. As I taste those bitter-sweet words coming off my tongue I realize the future is now.
Today is a day to celebrate and embrace the tenacity of a man who changed the future of this nation.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He had a dream of freedom and equality. He had the American dream. That dream of yesterday, is becoming today’s reality. Welcome to the future.
If only every American would have Mr. King’s tenacity; his perseverance…. what a sweet future we would all have!
Friends, I challenge you to take Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and run with it! What can you do to help better America? What dreams do you have for your family?
We all have a dream; put yours in motion! Seize today, and live for the future!
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.