“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live”.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
I was on Facebook today and a FB friend posted a question in reference to MLK Day 2014: Has Dr. King’s Dream Come True? I’m sure everyone has an opinion about that question. Some may say yes because of the opportunities we have gained because of the Civil Rights Movement. Then there are others who may say no because we are still dealing with racism, poverty, mass incarceration, etc. And I’m sure there are all sorts of other variables that would weigh in favor for either argument.
My personal opinion is we have accomplished and done much, but we can all get better. But more important than that, let’s state the obvious: None of us are able to speak on a dead man’s perspective. With all due respect, Dr. King is gone and he never lived to see his dream come to fruition. So instead of us getting into pointless debates on how he would feel today in 2014 about his fellow Black people and our struggle for freedom, justice and equality, let me ask you a few questions:
What is your dream?
What have you done?
Where are you going?
Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished?
Dr. King went out in pursuit of his dream and died for it. Are you out living your life to the fullest right now in 2014?
If there is anything we could take from the life and death of Dr. King and apply to our lives is not HIS dreams, it’s YOURS. His dreams were for him and him alone; your dreams are for you and you alone. Pursue your dreams, do what you can to make them a reality. Even if your dreams don’t come true, at least you put forth the effort. Whatever it is you are fighting for, fight. A lack of action surely means your downfall.
To quote Dr. King (as he was paraphrasing Dante) “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict”.