His name was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and he delivered the most historic speech in history in my opinion, “I Have a Dream”.
At a time when America was basically practising apartheid, where black people were treated at outcasts and despite emancipation, many saw slavery still being in existence, with black people not even allowed to vote, despite working and contributing to the American economy.
This speech as Dr King said was his dream, but, who would have thought that 50 years later on Martin Luther King Day, that we would have witnessed the First Elected Black President of the United States of America, being inaugurated for his second term in office.
Was it a dream? It may well have been with the oppression that they encountered, however, by sharing the dream and inspiring others, the legacy continued upon the firm foundation that was laid by the first civil rights leader’s, to where America is today.
It may not be perfect, however, one cannot set aside the dream of so many people on that day in 1963, would be a reality in less than 50 years.
We must learn from this; it’s not a story but a reality. It’s about like minded people unifying and working with a collective vision towards change.
Not just changing individuals but a nation, politically, economically and socially.
Today we honour the Baptist Minister from Atlanta Georgia Rev Dr Martin Luther King who also had the vision of not possibly completing the journey, but his spirit and valor is enshrined in history.
We all should learn from this of all of our responsibilities of working together in unity for the advancement of our Communities.