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SHELTER OF DREAMS


But how can a dream realistically provide shelter? I give you the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr whose dream for equality is still providing shelter today.


His dream came to the forefront of American politics when the Montgomery Bus Boycott forced the Supreme Court to rule in favor of Equality, throwing the United States of America into a historic battle of human rights.


Luther's dream came spilling out at a rally at the Lincoln Memorial.


"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecutions and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.


I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.


I have a dream that on one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.


I have a dream that one day even the stated of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."


Now you know and I know that this dream is still providing practical shelter to those who would suffer the brutality of racism. Because you and I know the results of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.


What we don't know is the results of our own life. But if you can just dream it, and start putting that dream into action, you provide shelter for your generations, and for the ones that are to come.

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