And still I dream…

Seven years ago The Forum asked readers to send in  their own version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream”speech.  The Forum then published a collection of these submissions on Martin Luther King Jr. day.  My submission was one of the published ones. Every year when this day roles around I am reminded of that submission and every year I try and dig it out from the deep, dark annals of my computer’s memory to see if it still rings true for me.

On year seven I can say it does indeed still ring true – even if I did write it at the tender age of 44 (which by the way Forum you graciously published with my submission right next to my photo – my age…I am sure it didn’t bother the 9 year old whose entry you published as much that you listed her age as it did me – but hey…I am not bitter!).  ;-)

So on this day I share with you the dream I still dream and I hope that next year when I come upon this day and am reminded of the things my dreams are made of that they will be much closer to being realities.

I have a dream that people will no longer be valued based on the amount of money they have or political power they wield, but on their deeds.

I have a dream that before we spend billions assisting those outside our borders, we will address the plagues within our own country, such as drugs, crime, disease and poverty.

I have a dream that children’s health, education and well-being will become this country’s number one priority.

I have a dream that the elderly of our society will be afforded the respect and support they deserve so that aging is an honor to be coveted instead of a burden to be dreaded.

I have a dream that the value of service to community will be instilled in every man, woman and child.

I have a dream that war will become a term relegated to history books.

I have a dream that the individual citizen will recognize that it is within their power to change the world.

I have a dream that as human beings we will finally understand that we are more alike than we are different.

Day five hundred and sixty of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to And still I dream…

  1. Thanks for the insight, Ms. C. Every one of us has a dream. I dream to have a peaceful and a happy life. I also dream that people will start to pursue healthy life and start to care for each other. Maybe that will create a wonderful world to live at.

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