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LV Reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

LV Reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have A Dream' Speech
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Today marks the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech which is maybe the best speech ever.  I am in reflective thought after looking at our world today.

I could easily make this an extremely lengthy write up but would like to keep it short as possible.  America has made strives in the right direction to cure our citizens of racial inequality.  However, we have even more distance to cover to get in the right place.

I am extremely disappointed when I hear about young people in the Greater Flint Area still using racial slurs, remarks, and tactics that promote racism.  It shows that parents are not teaching their kids about the overall tone of the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. It is shocking that a teenager could be racist to his peer when both parties never experience the high racial tensions of the 1960s.

I look at the election and re-election of President Barack Obama as a positive gains for our country.  Growing up I never thought America would come together and vote an black man into the office of the President of the United States of America.  The country finally pushed race aside and saw the bigger picture.

Almost everyday I experience some form of racial inequality and it sucks.  Being a African American male, I’m still faced challenges because of my race.  I push passed them the best I can but I’m not ignorant of the elephant in the room.  I try my best to treat people according to the content of their character but I’m not perfect.

I am more than willing to keep the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech alive.  In the Flint area, we have to move forward in a direction that will unite our community to turn this area around.  We can not only help people who look like us but we have to make a holistic approach that includes everyone.

I could go on and on but will stop here.  How do you feel about the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech 50 years later?  Leave your response in the comment section below.



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