To say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a dreamer would be an understatement and devalue his Legacy. The goal of every dreamer should be to move from dreamer to doer as Dr. King did. A passionate leader with a heart beyond his years, a dream that still reigns true 52 years later, and a destiny fulfilled.
As a dreamer, I only hope to have half of the qualities Dr. King exhibited. As, I read the transcript from his 1963 “I have a dream speech” from his heart, flowed these qualities. These were not only what he believed in, but what he aligned his life with, and what he wanted to see in the lives of other people.
Five Dreams of Dr. King
- Dreamed of Unity. He knew he couldn’t fulfill his dream alone. He believed as a people we should have prayed together, worked together, struggled together, went to jail together, stood up together, and believed together.
- Dreamed through Difficulties. He was arrested 30 times, stabbed, his home bombed with his wife and child inside, and encountered countless acts of racial and social injustice on his journey.
- Dreamed of Transformation. He dreamed that one day America and the people in it would be transformed beyond their current state of segregation, injustice, and oppression.
- Dreamed of the next generation. His dream was beyond the current generation, but a multi-generational dream to live in peace and to have a fair chance at existence and success.
- Dreamed with purpose. He had a purpose to bring light into dark places, to empower others to fight with character for equality and to create a better life for generations to come. Purpose fulfilled.
He taught us about life through his life:
Discipline & Dignity
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”