Washington’s farewell address, Lincoln at Gettysburg, Theodore Roosevelt’s speak softly carry a big stick, and finally Dr King’s speech on the steps of the nation. These are uniquely American, pivotal words that wooed a nation.
Each of these calls to action, asked America to rise to her greatest potential. While there have been a handful of others, few have impacted our continent as they have. Dr King’s words spoke to freedom, equality, and the march towards a better future.
Growing up, I saw all these speeches, not as commentary on where we may or may not be, but what we could achieve together. Free, and equal Americans, working towards improving the lives of all, through commitment, understanding, and kindness. This to me is the message of men like Dr King.
In his speech, he said, “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.” Dr King believed that, though we faced challenges, Americans could conquer them together. So today, let us join together, making that American dream of Dr King’s, and others, a reality in the lives of our nation. God bless the dreamer, God bless America.