As the world knows today marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic and timeless speech “I Have a Dream”.
As we reflect on our position as African-Americans in the United States of America, we must remember that this speech is a reminder that we cannot sit still and wait. We must continue to march. We must move towards a stronger and more prosperous future as a culture. Times have changes but behaviors seem the same.
I am humbled every moment that I stop and think about the people who endured not being able to drink from the same fountain that I drink from today. Those who were dismissed from the same bathrooms that I walk into now. Those who were legally unable to vote, learn and work in the places that I sit in this second. It’s so easy to take these changes in human rights for granted and speak of what we “would have done” if we were living back then. The fact is that we have been blessed by all those who came before us who fought, supported and prayed for a better life for their children and their children’s children.
Take time out today and everyday going forward to assess your contribution to our community. I know I need to step my game up and represent…How about you?