“I Have A Dream:” The Movement That Lives On Today

Yesterday, on January 20th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated in the United States. Pictures, articles and quotes have popped up all over social media networks, as people celebrate his life and continue to fight injustice in his name. In addition to his noble cause, King was also an accomplished orator, which has helped his words and ideas stand the test of time. Following is one of my favorite King quotes…

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a minute out of your busy day to think about what King accomplished, and what is still left to do. In my opinion, one of his lasting legacies was dragging civil rights and injustice (of all forms) into the national consciousness and forcing a conversation on the subject.

Change is hard, and we’re usually not ready for it.

We typically have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to accept any level of change, but then, when we look back on it, we think, “man, what took us so long?” Think about that the next time you’re facing change — in business or life. Try to look at a situation from another point of view. Think about how you may view this situation 20 years down the road. If possible, step back and take a look at the big picture (after taking a deep breath).

Watch (or re-watch) King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech or part of it. Read a King quote and think about how it relates to your life. Take a moment to celebrate the life of a man who demanded change for the better, and how we can all be a part of his legacy by continuing to fight.

What’s your favorite King quote?

When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what comes to mind?

Were you (or anyone you know) in Washington, D.C. for his speech?

Chime in with your thoughts on the man, his legacy and what’s still left to be done.

“I Have A Dream” speech video courtesy of Sullentoys.com YouTube account

Respecting a legend,
Jaime

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About Jaime Shine

I love to write. While most kids were playing with blocks or dolls, I was publishing magazines and newspapers – feature articles, ads, sports box scores, the whole nine yards. From promotions director to advertising roles to branding projects, I’ve always been interested in all forms of marketing. That interest blossomed into a career path and led me to open my own business, which has always been a dream of mine. And I’d love to work my magic for you. Check out my company's services, discover more about me or chime in on my blog, covering a variety of topics, at http://jaimeshine.com.

2 thoughts on ““I Have A Dream:” The Movement That Lives On Today

  1. Hello Jaime,
    You and I share the same favorite MLK quote!

    Here’s another I really like:
    “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.”

    I love the optimism in that one, but in truth I sometimes feel very discouraged at our lack of progress. I’m especially concerned about our children, in our own country, and all around the world.

    I also did a post on MLK that I’d like to share:
    http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/martin-luther-kings-dream-great-distance-go-2/

    Cheers!

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    • Carol,

      Thanks for sharing that King quote! His words are so profound, and I look forward to the day that they become a reality. It is discouraging sometimes to see so many people, especially children, living in poverty in a country that’s been so blessed. I just had a great discussion with my uncle last night on the subject of ‘conscious capitalism’ and employers paying their workers livable wages. It’s amazing how possible that is and they could still make money. Anyway, thanks for chiming in. I always look forward to your insight.

      Cheers,
      Jaime

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