Today we’re celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of an amazingly powerful presentation made by the late Dr. Martin Luther King – his absolutely unforgettable “I have a dream” speech. What many of us do not know, however, is the fact that he’d been advised to leave those four words out – words that inspired a nation, forging together many factions of a movement that drove us forward to make massive progress -though there’s still far to go – and to get us to the point where we have an African- American as President.
What happened, then, to ensure the inclusion of that enduring phrase? The late Mahalia Jackson, the legendary gospel singer, and a close friend of Dr. King, had heard him use the words in previous speeches, although not to such a massive audience, and believed, contrary to has advisor, the Reverend Walker, that he should use it again. So on that fateful day, exactly fifty years ago, she shouted to her friend from her nearby seat, “Tell them about your dream, Martin. Tell them about your dream.”
Do you have a dream? And people in your life who support that dream? It’s something we all need in life. Whether it’s to use our special skills and talents to make life better for ourselves, our family, our community, our country or our world – a dream is important not only for the good it brings to others, but for the meaning and purpose, and ultimately the joy it brings ourselves.
Takeaway tip: Find a dream and follow it. And run it past your friends. They may be key to helping you make it happen.
All my best,
Arlene B. Englander, LCSW,MBA,PA
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