"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."
This was what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stated in his speech on that faithful day, 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. Was it finally realized more that 44 years after? Was equality really a reality in the United States and was it practices outside the United States and by the American government in Washington?
Today let us reflect on these questions as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. A reflection which together we should make not only a reflection for Americans but a reflection as a world. The call of Dr. King that day was not only a call to the US Government but should also be viewed as a call to the whole world.
Have we seen what our world is facing now? A world of oppression, of social injustice, prosecution, military and state brutality, violation of civil rights, racism and religious tolerance.
The Unites States has continuously campaigned for a democracy... a democracy for all the countries in the world. A democracy where many people suffer and loose lives. A democracy where religion is not respected. A democracy which is bank on its necessity for freedom... freedom which is based on a selfish meaning of one person or a few persons in the most powerful country in the world.
In the United States itself the call of Dr. King has not yet fully settled. The Negros are still viewed as a second class citizen by the conservatives. It may not be openly as harsh as the days before King but it is in some other ways evident. This is what is tested as Barrack Obama, a black senator campaigns for the Presidency and tries to become America's first black President.
He as being compared to Martin King but his oppositors belittle him compared to Dr. King. For really, who could compared to Martin Luther King? A simple black American with a simple life but who rised up when no one else dared to rise up. Who fought for equality and freedom where no one dared to fight for it. And who died fighting for what he believe is true.
Martin Luther King Jr., is an inspiration and should be an inspiration to us all. He like many others like Gandhi should be the great example of people this world needs more of. People who go way beyond themselves to make a difference and die in themselves in order to be reborn for others... for a greater cause that exceeded their limits as human beings.
We have great work to do to realize fully what Martin Luther King wanted that day.
Full Speech of Martin Luther King Jr. delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (View full text at American Rhetoric)
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."²
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.
Every person not only an American should be viewed as our brother, our family and should be respected and taken care off. We are one in this world collectively sharing it with one another. Dr. King's words should be taken deeply into each of our heart.
As the most powerful nation in the world, the United States should be genuinely concerned for others but while doing that respect them... respect their differences and exalt their similarities.
Today, let us together celebrate and instill in our hearts and minds what Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned.
Happy Martin Luther King Day!