Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has one of the most familiar faces on the planet.
He has delivered one of the most memorable speeches ever given in any language at any time in history. His legacy has impacted how people view the world.
With all this impact, you’d think that we have a clear vision of his dream. We don’t. Most people believe Dr. King’s dream was that we would live in peace with each other. These people forget that peace was merely a vehicle to get to where the dream could be realized. Dr. King’s dream is to change the reality that race is the dividing line between access to the American Dream and living the American Nightmare.
Race still is the dividing issue. Dr. King exposed it at a time that people would kill to cover it up. Peace was a means to expose violence. Love was a vehicle to expose hate. Dr. King was threatened, beaten, and eventually killed to expose America’s living contradiction; race.
If anyone tries to tell you that we have moved past race and that Dr. King was responsible for it, tell them that he was killed because he refused to believe that lie in the 60′s and that we wont stand for it in 2012.
Some say, “The biggest lie of the devil is to make you believe that he doesn’t exist.” Race has been America’s Satan. The more we pretend that it doesn’t exist, the more it undermines the impact that we want to have in the world.
Dr. King used non-violent tactics to compel millions of people to recognize the issues of race and exclusion, address them, and work to overcome them. He believed it was possible, but he never believed it was done. It still is not done!
iLL Holiday Dot Com encourages you to remember the dream as you celebrate this MLK Day 2012. Address race and inclusion head on. Deal with the difficult and convicting feelings this holiday stirs up. Use those emotions to help you include those who don’t have access to the same privileges you have. Treat someone like an angel who looks like hell.
If you would like to join us and Public Allies Indianapolis, we will celebrate MLK Day 2012 with a dramatic reading of Waddie Welcome & The Beloved Community.
This reading illustrates Dr. King’s dream by showing what difference a community can make when they are resolved to do good together. We invite community members from all backgrounds to join us for an in-depth look at one man’s struggle for freedom and the “Beloved Community” that rallied around him.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday January 16, 1-4:30pm
Broadway United Methodist Church
609 East 29th Street
Indianapolis, In 46205
Our goal is to create a beloved community and
this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.