Friday, October 05, 2007
I have a dream...
Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

44 years ago, Martin Luther King delivered his fantastic unforgettable "I have a dream" speech. He was a driving force in the push for racial equality in America. He fight for freedom. He fight for justice. And at last... he won!
But there was price that he has to pay; being assassinated on 1968.

But then, his name sustained in the heart of American, even he died:
His words being quoted crossover the world, symbolizing the same fight for justice and freedom:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

These are Martin Luther's dream. He fight for his dream, and he got it. His fight is not just for himself. His fight is for the Americans, for all people, for the world.

Everybody has their own dream. Me and you either. But the difference is how big our dream is.

The bigger the dream, the bigger the effort you must invest to grab it.
The bigger the dream, the bigger the risks that we must take for our dream's sake.
The bigger the dream, the bigger we will be someday - due to the effort that we invest and the risks that we take.

It is not just simply put a dream and keep dreaming on it days and nights. It is about how you got to achieve it. Therefore guys, put big dreams in your life, and go for it.

Learn from Chris Gardner's lesson to his son in "Pursuit of Happiness":

“Hey… Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream you’ve got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something go get it. Period…”

I have a dream...

1. I have a dream... - Kitaro
2. The Pursuit of Happiness - Pakdi
posted by Awan Badai @ 10:56 AM  
  • At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Az-Zahra said…

    Assalamualaikum w.lah.

    Awan badai..a very wise pick in making Martin Luther King an example for us all...

    He is certainly well-known for his "I have a dream" speech...which was one of the many efforts he contributed in striving against racial discrimintation and segregation in the United States. His fight for civil rights had made him one of the great all-time heroes in the United States.. to the extent that Martin Luther King Day is celebrated as a national holiday..

    ok...striving for something to make ur name a national holiday is not the point i'm trying to make here..

    However what i'm emphasizing here is that we can take Martin Luther King's spirit and determination in striving for cvil rights as an example in our strive to set things right in our country...

    despite the strong racial discrimination against blacks during his time, Martin Luther King kept strong and went on fighting towards 'his dream'...

    Dear Akhi wa Ukhti,
    Keep strong in our strive for Islam! Allah has promised victory for us, so we must be focused in fighting towards what we're striving for, no matter what comes our way...

    like Awan Badai said, STRIVE 4 UR GOAL, DON'T LET ANYONE TELL U U CAN'T GO 4 IT!


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