A vision that was first conceived in the mind of one man long ago came to fruition in a historical moment, on November 4, 2008; when Barak Obama was elected President of the United States of America. It was at that time, when those who once shared that vision…and the dream, of Martin Luther King, shared in something so surreal.
It was first time in the history of the United States of America, where an African American man was elected president, backed by his inspiring slogan, “Yes We Can” It was evidence of how something, which was once so unimaginable, could be accomplished. By that measure, that there is some truth to the statement: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
On August 28, 1963, MLK revealed his dream of timeless importance, in which called for an end to racism in the United States and a call for Civil and Economic rights. He described his dream of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. In doing so, he inspired a country, while leaving behind an encrypted legacy on the hearts of mankind. MLK delivered a message of hope, with love as the code by which we should live, through many generations.
MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, however his legacy lives throughout the year. His dream was to inspire a nation. His messages are put to the test daily, when we have opportunities to respect and love one another, do what is right in the realm of equality for all men and women, and to judge each other by the “content of their character, and not by the color of their skin.” MLK produce content that is stapled to seeds of consciousness, which have been embedded in history, and should be nurtured throughout time.
For me, MLK day is a day of remembrance, where we acknowledge a man who had the courage and audacity to address a nation, and bring a message of hope that all people would benefit from. His message was a quilt for the nation to share, as he expressed his dream for everyone to be treated equal.
As we bid farewell to President Barak Obama, and welcome in our new President, Mr. Donald Trump; the hope and the dream for America will live on. We won’t just remember Martin Luther King’s speech. We remember that even if it was just for a moment in time: The last eight years was the change we wanted to see. It was the dream that came true. Watching Barak Obama make his exit, as we celebrate MLK Day, is nothing short of monumental.
This year, we will celebrate the legacy of both the President Barak Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King; through history programs in the city and parades to honor this moment. We will reflect through the stages that pioneered this moment, in which King and Obama came to exist.
I’m happy to say to my son that he was born during the time that we had a President that looked like him. It is a pivotal moment in history that will be the inspiring message behind the notion that, anything is possible. I want him to remember this day, as a treasured landmark, because it marks a birth of history. As for what I would tell my son about MLK Day along with Obama, is that the both of them had a vision and a path that they did not divert from. Their passion ran deep in their souls and was the priceless ingredient that kept them throughout their journey.
We will lead by example, as we welcome our new President, Donald Trump; giving him the respect that we would like for him to give. We will give him the opportunity to show that he can continue to keep the dream alive. For those who may not be able to see MLK dream inside of Trump, due to the things Mr. Trump has said and expressed throughout his candidacy; with regards to his ideas, thoughts, feelings, and opinions, I invite you to just have hope. Just have hope that President Trump will not leave any one behind during his effort to “Make America Great Again.”