On MLK Day, we are reminded that hope can change the world
January 15, 2018 by Blandin Foundation
Today is a hopeful day.
Today we remember the brave man, and the thousands that stood behind him, who had the strength and fortitude to dream. Martin Luther King Jr. refused to let his hope be trampled. His belief in the goodness of people and the beauty what could be when children of all different backgrounds stood hand-in-hand, drove our country to greater heights. He knew that communities work best when they work for everyone — that the success of one person is inextricably linked to the success of another.
Below is an excerpt from MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech where his hope for the future of our communities rings loud and clear. Today, take a moment and reflect on what makes you hopeful for the future of your community and know that it is possible.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall Heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
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