2012…… Time for life in a New Self Dream

2012…… Time for life in a New Self Dream

By Gerald Wilkerson

 

 

 

Approximately fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech before the Lincoln Memorial that has become perhaps the most well known and most quoted address. The television cameras allowed the nation to hear and see him plead for justice and freedom. The speech was titled “I have a Dream”.“He was happy to join with the people that day in what would go down as one of the greatest demonstrations for freedom in the history of our nation.” He stated 1963 was not the end but the beginning. What beginning was Dr. King referring to when he made that statement? Most of us can recite parts of the speech. We know that he had a dream that his four children would live in a nation that would not judge them based on the color of their skin.{{more}} We know that he had a dream that every valley would be exalted and every hill and mountain place made low. Despite adversity he had a dream of hope! He rooted himself in the American dream that one day the nation would rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed that all men are created equal! What would Dr. King say now if he were to return and evaluate our progress? Would he to recite or reiterate what the “Dream” was? Would he be able to say “now that’s what I was talking about in my dream.” He stated that after 100 years the Negro still wasn’t free, instead still sadly crippled by many things and injustices. Would he now say that after 150 years the Negro is still not free?Imagine for a second that the “I have a Dream” speech today read in part like this; the Negro lives on a populated island of prosperity in the midst of a vast ocean of other material prosperity. The Negro is no longer languished in the corners of the American society but contributes to cornerstones of the American society. We no longer look to cash an insufficient check instead we are here to cash the check of freedom, riches and the security of justice. We are no longer filled with bitterness and hatred instead we are filled with joy and love. Today we have access to more resources than ever before because of a dream of another. My question is “what is my dream” and how do I display it so that all may see and hear. It is said biblically once we hear the truth we are to put off our old selves and its deceitful lusts and put on the new man which is made new in the attitude of our minds. The dream begins in our mind and it can have several outcomes based on the state of our mind. I watched the state of the union address given by President Barak Obama and he spoke with such confidence, skill and mastery. I believe he is living a Dream. It’s 2012, fifty years after the original “I have a Dream” speech and I am confident that Dr. King meant for me and everyone to have a dream of our own. If we dream as vividly as Dr. King, then one day we too can know that our children will do the same for their future.