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fight for your dream [a tribute to MLK]

Today is the day that we celebrate the man who changed history forever. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw injustice in the world and decided that he would not stay silent. He stood up for his people, his country, and for his God. He gave up his comfortability and convenience for the challenge of leading others. He understood that a better future could be achieved and made it his goal to see it happen. He did not let fear stop him because he knew that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). He was a man of honor, courage, and faith.

“I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long… How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – MLK’s ‘Our God is Marching On!’ speech // March 25, 1965

When I look at the world today, I know there is still so much more work to be done. While I am proud to see how far this country has come since segregation has been abolished, I know that injustice is still alive and well in this world. As someone whose heart breaks for injustice, I see Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and remain incredibly moved by his mission. He helped me understand that true love extends past the faces of those who are for us and pushes forward into the hearts of those who stand against us. And his tenacity for justice encouraged me to pursue justice in all areas of my life: in my heart, in my relationships, in my home, in my community, and in the world.

“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” – MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech // August 28, 1963

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” – MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. asked the world a lot of questions. Questions about where we stand in the eyes of injustice and what kind of people we want to be. But one thing that has always stuck with me, is how far his dreams drove him to do what was right for the world. In many of his famous speeches, he reminded us that justice is always worth fighting for. But more than that, he reminded us that our dreams are always worth fighting for. Which brings me to my final point: what dreams are you fighting for? Will you comment below and tell me, what are the dreams you desire to achieve? And even in the face of opposition, how will you turn your dreams into reality?

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep moving.” – MLK

I also want to encourage you to take 20 minutes of your day today, or this week, to listen to and read  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, here.

xo

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210 thoughts on “fight for your dream [a tribute to MLK]

  1. Thank you for this, Coley! Beautifully written.

    I have a dream that one day: no person who will go to sleep hungry, lonely, or without a warm bed, and no child or youth who will experience racism or have to worry about violence near their school or in their home.

    • Your dreams are so beautiful and encouraging to hear. More people need to have dreams like you. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. My dream is to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free. I want God to use me to help young women and girls who have been trafficked or have been in domestic violent situations through fashion.

  3. Thank you for your thoughts on Dr King. I’ve also reflected much on this day on King’s recognition of the power of truth and love and non-violent protest to break down structures of injustice.

  4. Congratulations on your Freshly Pressed and mahalo for your comment on my post as well. My dreams is to lead the world into the next generation of human evolution as we escape the cradle of Earth and head to the stars. One way I have chosen to do that is by earning my place as a certified Rocket Scientist. In this role I attempt to blaze a trail for my daughter and her generation where we are no longer unique in the field but the norm. http://supovadea.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/mydream/

  5. Live in a world where we can/will accept one another’s flaws, and unite as a true brotherhood. Put all the daggers away even when we hug each other. Universal love

  6. My dream is to wake up and see the people of this country embracing the freedom we were given and encouraging all other people, not to blend with the “in” crowd, or follow a certain stream of thought, but instead reach out with their desires and personality and create their beautiful world. Which, in turn, would be not only encouragement to chase after their dreams, but example to show them the outstanding possibilities of their own potential. We are our strength. Because we embrace our differences with an underlying truth; we are free to be loving and kind people, to disagree with everyone we meet and still hold them in high regard… Because they are free. Together we are strong in our differences. To see we Americans loving each other because we were, we are, and we will be together free. This is my dream

  7. Reblogged this on Welcome to David Nair's blog and commented:
    The sixties saw the birth of many great social game changers … Martin Luther King, President JFK, Nelson Mandela, Castro just to name a few. Many might not be aware of what some of these “great men” did to create change and catapult the world to the stature it is today. One of the top reformers is Martin Luther King, in his speech, “I have a Dream” crystalizes and framed the blue print for the racial discrimination laws of US and the rest of the world. The right of the minority, leading up to the Minority Laws set in the US during the 60’s. Here Kings touches on realisation of Dreams. Check it out. Cheers David

  8. The sixties saw the birth of many great social game changers … Martin Luther King, President JFK, Nelson Mandela, Castro just to name a few. Many might not be aware of what some of these “great men” did to create change and catapult the world to the stature it is today. One of the top reformers is Martin Luther King, in his speech, “I have a Dream” crystalizes and framed the blue print for the racial discrimination laws of US and the rest of the world. The right of the minority, leading up to the Minority Laws set in the US during the 60’s. Here Kings touches on realisation of Dreams. Check it out. Cheers David

  9. I think this draws directly to the way’s that society typically try and answer that challenge. I argue (Stephenis.com) that new year’s resolutions are a poor solution. What do you think about this?

  10. I think this is a great blog, and I believe with faith everything is possible, we all have to trust and work towards the goal we want no matter what we go through because we are humans, so regardless there is always going to be a bad moment

  11. This is so well written Coley! My dream is to be able to use my experiences to help others realize their true beauty, much like what you’ve done for me. Not only have you helped me realize who I am, but you have inspired me to have a heart like yours. I want to be able to do for others what you have done for me. :)

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