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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Roy

I Have A Dream

My favourite speech that I have ever read is I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.  Born on January 15th, 1929 his birth name was Michael King Jr.   ( in 1934 his dad changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr ) he grew up to be a Baptist Minister and an Activist (Civil Rights, Peace and Anti War).  He has been a hero of mine since I was a child.  I was inspired by his story at a very young age and admired his character, courage as a child and still to this day.   If I could go back in time and meet one individual it would without hesitation be this man.   The last speech that he delivered was , I've Been to the Mountain Top shortly after which he was fatally shot, that day was April 4th, 1968.  When Martin Luther King Jr was a little boy I had read that one of his closest friends was a little white boy.  The following is a copy of what I read - In September 1935, when the boys were about six years old, they started school.[31][32] King had to attend a school for black children, Yonge Street Elementary School,[31][33] while his playmate went to a separate school for white children only.[31][33] Soon afterwards, the parents of the white boy stopped allowing King to play with their son, stating to him, "we are white, and you are colored".[31][34] When King relayed this to his parents, they discussed with him the history of slavery and racism in America,[31][35] which King would later state made him "determined to hate every white person".[31] His parents instructed him that it was his Christian duty to love everyone.[35].


I can't even imagine how and what he felt.  I'm not surprised at all when also reading that his favourite Hymn was, I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus.   I want to take this time to reflect and remember such a great hero.  My family and I were in a very scary situation the other morning and as I sit here today and think about it, I can't help but think about Martin Luther King Jr.  I'm sure he would say , there's G2B a better... " Darkness cannot drive out darkness , only light can do that and hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that" quote by Martin Luther King Jr.  Funny how he wanted to be more like Jesus and for most of my life I just wanted to be more like him.


Thanks for reading

Rhonda Roy

There's G2B a Better Way/itsnowornever.ca


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