This weekend we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The birthday does more then celebrate the man it celebrates the ideas and the dreams of a people. I reflected this week on what the dream means to me and how do I take actions to make manifest the dream. Just a reminder of what the dream is I quote from the I Have dream speech below.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
What a dream to have where we are judge by the content of our character not a superficial external identifier, like skin color, religious faith, sexual orientation...you get the meaning. But, what does this look like in action. Growing up white, small town, working class we were taught to be colorblind. To look beyond the physical characteristics.
That is to easy by far because then I/we don't come face to face with my hidden/shadow biases or prejudices. Better to face them squarely, acknowledge them, and take action to either heal or at least set them aside. For me, that is the on going struggle. To live fully into my values of inclusion and oneness while accepting my continued human challenges. When I bring my struggles to the light of awareness though I am able to dispel the darkness of my subconscious mind. Not easy, nothing this radical will ever be easy, but for me at least the dream continues and as long as I dream I can make it happen in my life.