Today as many of you may know it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and as I was given this day off of work I thought I better pay a tribute to this great man who has served as an inspiration to millions. Last night I listened to his speech and this section of his speech really touched me. I hope that it may inspire something within you.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”*
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring…
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”