I think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was an amazing man, and I admire him, his work, and his family so much. They were the real thing, you know? He fought for civil rights, but with love, respect, and dignity. Those characteristics are glaringly absent in the discussion today between blacks and whites.
When I was growing up in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, my father led me to believe that Dr. King was some sort of insurrectionist, and not to be honored. My father, however, was deeply bigoted, and fortunately, I did not take him at his word. Instead, I chose to always view people as people, regardless of color.
Today, as a special school project, I printed out the text of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech that he gave on the Washington Mall on August 11, 1963, and then sat down with Mom and Abby to watch the speech on YouTube, as we read along. When it was over, I asked my daughter what she thought.
She looked at me, with tears in her eyes and said, “He had great speaking skills, but I think he would have been disappointed.”
I think I will close with a quote from Forrest Gump: “And that’s all I have to say about that.”