Two scores and thirteen years ago, a wise American, wrote a speech, “I Have a Dream”. Those of you that were in attendance, on this amazing day; standing at the feet of a great man, with similar goals; of freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; thank you. Your presence allowed his speech to reach heights, never imagine. As he stated in the “I Have a Dream” speech, it has become a “beacon light of hope” to millions of American’s, not just Negros. Seven scores and thirteen years ago, Gettysburg, Virginia was addressed by, one of our leaders. In that moment he demanded an ear, he expected more from us and required more. He dedicated his life to making a difference and became a target, when he asked America to be the nation our forefathers created. Two scores and fifth teen years ago, America’s favorite president gave a speech, at his inaugural ceremony, which still reigns true in some ways. He asked that we not abuse our land; he asked us to stand up for right and defend liberty and justice. He warned us of dangers lurking in the government and its surroundings. He made us all feel equal and liberated, through his words.
The sad part is that after 142 years, America has not changed. President Lincoln, asked us not to divide as a nation. President John F Kennedy, warned us about the evils in our government. He warned us to prepare for equality because a day will come when the next or future generation, revolts for a new revolution. Martin Luther King Jr. gave us the faith and the tools required to emerge ourselves in true happiness and peace. He told us, “…not to seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline…” Today, I have a dream, a dream that demands action, a dream that branchs from all parts of our ever-changing culture and society, a dream bigger than you, President Lincoln, JFK, MLK, and/or me. I ask that we take the, “I Have a Dream Pledge.” Pledge to dream big, pledge to make a change where you are, pledge to be better than our ancestors.
I have a dream, that one day we will allow our forefathers dreams
to FINALLY become a reality
I have a dream, that one day America will no longer hold hostage,
countries for their beliefs and values.
I have a dream, that one day we will unite, in the fight for freedom
and equality instead of pondering on those problems, which divide
us and bares no importance to change or peace,
I have a dream, that one day we will no longer react or negotiate
out of anger or fear. However, no longer be afraid to react or
I have a dream, that one day we will live in a nation that does not
judge people on their, religion, skin color, life-style or
disadvantage but by the “content of their character”
I have a dream, that one day we will have a rebirth of a new
nation, based on principles of freedom—with a government of the people, by the people and for the people”
I have a dream, that we combine our faith and share it with one
another. Therefore, we can STAND together, pray together, fight
together, and sing together, knowing that equality and freedom will
Finally, I ask my brother’s and sister’s, of this great nation--black, white, brown and tan, since we have not truly accomplished those tasks required by our fore fathers or these great men mentioned above; do not ask what America can do for us, but demand of ourselves to join and win the fight for freedom of man. I ask that we dedicate ourselves to the treacherous task remaining. That we assure those who joined the fights of the Revolutionary, Civil, and the current Equality war, did not die in vain. The demand for equality will continue to shake the foundation of this great nation until the fat “lady of liberty” sings out for justice and freedom emerges.