What would Dr. King think of us now?


By Lunide Pattabhi
Managing Director, Compliance and Quality Assurance, Metro Housing|Boston
 

We all have read, memorized, and even recited the famous lines of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. In this speech, Dr. King describes his dreams and hopes of an equal country, where kids of different backgrounds can play together, and men are not judged based on the color of their skin but by their nature, and integrity. While the words of that speech are hopeful, and Dr. King’s dream of equality seemed aligned with American values, later in his life, Dr. King would come to speak more somber words.

Towards the end of his life, speaking on the assimilation of Black Americans into a country that was hostile, unwelcoming and very much dismal in terms of hope and dreams, Dr. King stated “I Fear I May Have Integrated My People Into a Burning House”

The poignant words would ring true years after Dr. King’s death.

While we romanticize and applaud the sense of unity called forth from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the stark reality of inequality and racism remain. We mustn’t remain blind and complacent, quick to condone and dismiss injustice.

On the day that we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and those that came before him, we recall his courage, heart, and dedication to his dream for equality. More than that we honor his memory by not allowing his dream to die with us.

 Call forth your courage and speak up always, even if your voice trembles.