Friday, January 13, 2012

When We Dared Admit We Had Dreams

And there were men who knew how to deliver a speech...

This Monday  is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Again I'll read his Letter From Birmingham Jail.  This year I'll add Dr. King's I Have A Dream speech to my annual appreciation of the man and his legacy.  As I do I'll worry that today, nearly 50 years after his speech summoned us to excellence, there are so few men or women on the American scene whose exhortations invite us to come together for the common good rather than encouraging us to break apart into angry clusters of fearful people intent on scraping together what little we can for us and ours alone.  Dare to dream, find something to improve, then get to work.

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