50 Years since “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. King
- Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:59
- Colour of London
Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the greatest speeches in the history of the world. Not because he wore an expensive suit and used a bunch of impressive words, but because that speech was full of equality, empowerment, love and the willingness to move beyond hate.
What really got me in his speech was the underlying messages of forgiveness. In his speech Martin said he wanted every person to be treated equal and all live in harmony. In order for that to happen black Americans would have to forgive the government, slave owners and traders, police forces and some white Americans for all the the torture, pain and death they caused up to that point.
It amazes me to see Martin still wanting to forgive and live in harmony despite everything that happened. He gave everyone that hurt him a clean slate. That is mind blowing. That is the true essence of love and selflessness.
I challenge myself everyday to love and forgive no matter how hurt I think I might be. If Martin Luther King, Jr. forgave an entire nation for persecution, slavery, and hate, I can forgive the little bit of disappointments that I go through.