Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has always been a central focus in black and American history. I remember as a child memorizing the "I Have A Dream" speech for a church program.
With the current climate in the country, re-reading his speech has made me realize that we still have work to do to make Dr. King's dream realized. But the only way for that to happen is to make his dream our own.
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.
We need to remind each and every Congressperson and elected official that this is the standard and responsibility we hold them to. Find a common ground "across the aisles" and work from there. And stop forgetting the people you are supposedly working for.
Once our elected officials go to City Hall, State Capitol or Capital Hill, you still have the responsibility and the right to hold them accountable and challenge them to have standards and be sound in their dealings and judgment.
On this holiday, I challenge each of you to do something constructive in honor and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Continue to live the dream!