Monday, January 15, 2007

The Dream Not Yet Realized; The Nightmare Continues

For today, in recognition the 78th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I considered simply posting a video of all or portions of the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by Dr. King in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

However, as Googled the possible videos and read many of the racist and ugly comments made about Blacks in general and Dr. King specifically, I again realized that his dream of the day when all of God's children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" is not yet with us, but the nightmare of prejudice, hatred, and oppression continues in our midst.

Martin Luther King had a dream—and that dream will not die. Martin Luther King, like his mentor, Mohandas K. Gandhi, is dead—murdered—but the dream is not. That dream lives in the hearts of many, many people throughout the world. The dream—that one day we will all sit down at one table as equals, not separated by race, religion, or wealth—remains with many of us. And as it is with the Kingdom of God, we must live and act as if the dream in fulfilled—joining with all of God’s children in unity and solidarity—until the dream is reality.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.


  1. I rather expected to find you addressing MLK today. Of course, it is still yesterday here in AZ.

    That Kris Kristofferson song is one I had not heard. It isn’t great, but rather appropriate.

  2. I have that dream... I think most people do. I just don't understand why they cannot come together if they all share the same dream (less the crappy minority who don't want the same thing).


  3. Let freedom ring in Guantanamo, Let freedom ring in Brooklyn,
    Let freedom ring in London,
    Let freedom ring in Baghdad,
    Let freedom ring in Mogadishu, carried away...

    Thanks for remembering

  4. Such a great post. Thanks for this. *huggles*


  5. Disliking another human being for no reason other than skin color is a hard thing to fathom. I've never understood it.

    Nice post, Nick.

  6. great post....

    love kris k. but never heard this song before---great one! thanks for sharing.

  7. Maybe we'll achieve that dream by the 24th century ...

  8. A great post as always Nick. I learn so much reading your posts and the links. Thank you!

  9. You know that dream does not seem that hard or unreasonable we are all human beings that rest of it is just the dressing you add, take it or leave but either way its basically the same....I am afraid that some people will never get it.