Have you ever listened to the entire speech Martin Luther King gave during the March on Washington in 1963 beyond a clip from the “I have a dream” portion. I’m sure many of you have not. I listen to it every year on Martin Luther King Day and am reminded of how my mother and father taught me to treat others…not by the colour of their skin, the clothes they wear, religion, sometimes even first impression but by the content of their character. It’s not always easy, even is this day and age. I see discrimination and quick judgment everywhere. I constantly have to remind myself to look deeper, take a step back or revisit something before I can truly pass judgement.
I ask that you listen to his entire speech. While he talks about equality for blacks and whites, think about today and how many more colours that applies to. How many more races and religions could fit into that speech which was done over 50 years ago!
Take it a step further and watch it with your kids and talk about what it means to make your own decisions and fight for what you believe in, even when it’s not what “others” want. It takes courage, strength and helps shape character. People like Martin Luther King are celebrate not just for what they did, but the message they spread that still applies today.
I am not perfect, but I try my best each and every day to treat other with the same respect I want to be shown in return. Martin Luther King’s speech reminds me how important that is every year.
Here is the entire speech so you too can be reminded or maybe even watch it all for the first time.