Fulfillment of a Dream

Posted: January 20, 2009 by April Watkins in Current Events, Obama, Our Government, Politics
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There is an old adage that says, “Never a good deed goes unpunished.”  For Christians, that axiom was epitomized with the crucifixion of Christ and has continued in lesser ways throughout the centuries. It takes a special type of person who is willing to speak and act on behalf of the disenfranchised, the oppressed, the weak, and the poor – the voiceless.  

During the past months, we have been witness to dozens of politicians and countless pundits who are more than glad to espouse their positions, opinions and plans for our future.  It struck me as odd that, while our nation is giddy with the pros and cons of the political landscape, we have easily dismissed a celebration of enormous impact – a huge “good deed.”  We barely teach our children about it, and yet they are the beneficiaries of its manifestation. 

king-speaking-with-large-crowdThis Monday our nation set aside a day to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Government offices and banks will be closed, schools will take a holiday, some business will take a day off and some cities will hold parades.  But for the vast majority of American children, it will simply be a day off from school. 

Our younger generations are heir to a dream of equality for all Americans, black and white, male and female.  We have grown up in a multiracial environment; we have see women achieve great successes in business and government.  So, we have little to appreciate when it comes to remembering the man who fought the status quo with the tenets of non-violence and acceptance.  However, it is through his work and his inspiration that we can now stand together as one – as proud Americans.king-at-memorial

As a white woman, you may ask, how does this concern me?  The Civil Rights movement had dramatic impact on all of us.  Had it not been for the voices of those brave souls, not only would men and women of color be trapped in a social caste system of which there is no reprieve, women of all races would be bound to social stereotypes and corporate glass ceilings. 

It takes extraordinary character to set aside one’s own needs in order to take on the burden of those who have little hope of change.  We can also look to the beneficence of others such as Gandi, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, as well as many others for examples of this enigmatic quality.

Dr. King’s work for equality and rights for all has taken a long and treacherous road to become reality.  However,  America has finally become the land that King dreamed of all those years ago, as we inaugurate President-elect, Barak Obama today – the first African American to ever hold the office as President of the United States of America.  

Obama taking the oath of office

Obama taking the oath of office

One has to appreciate the enormous step that America has made in terms of race relations and equal rights.  The work that King began was a journey to open the hearts and minds of all people to see each other as God sees us.  Putting our differences in politics aside, President Obama’s inauguration is a triumph for the humanity of all Americans…and that is…Why It Matters.

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