Meridian Star


August 31, 2013

Have a Dream


Our nation has been blessed with many great men. They were historical giants because they stood for something larger than life. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, to name a few. 

Harry Truman won the war. Ronald Reagan won the peace. Leaders of such stature are a national symbol to us all. In my opinion, Dr. Martin Luther King was truly such a great man. 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King's courageous voice echoed across the Washington Mall to a crowd of a quarter-million people. Millions more watched by television. His "I have a dream" speech was a prophet's anointed call for justice, for America to live up to its national creed that "all men are created equal." 

That ideal still stands true. But today I think my black brothers are being defrauded. Remember - Dr. King was a preacher of God's Word before he became a voice against injustice. His values were his credentials. True dignity is more than political power. Self respect and wholeness is deeper than that. 

How are our black leaders of today failing us? Not in politics — we have a black President and he was even elected to a second term. Not in governing — we have a very good black voter turnout across the nation, and we have many fine black leaders in city, county and state offices. Not in education — we have high quality schools for and many excellent black teachers and administrators. So, how have today’s black leaders failed? I can tell you. 

They have failed their constituents in one critical area: the area that counts more than politics; more than religion; more than schools; more than the economy. What is this crucial point of need? I maintain that the vital area that is the most important key to our nation's future, to our community's peace, and to our children's prosperity — without which no amount of federal funding programs or political party intentions will ever work – is … the family! 

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