I Have a Dream, Too…

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 I dream of a day when we will no longer use slavery as a crutch for our present state.

I dream of a community where there are restaurants, clothing stores, libraries, parks, schools, etc., instead of night clubs and liquor stores.

I dream of a day when we will vote for leaders based on their character, beliefs and policies- not simply because their skin color matches ours.

I dream of men and women who honor one another and create families within the institution of marriage.

I dream of a day, when we do not demand the respect of others, but earn the respect of others.

I dream of a day, when we do not need others to lift us, but find the strength to lift ourselves and then turn to lift others.

I dream of a day, when we ask, what can we do for others instead of what can others do for us.

I dream of a day when we no longer walk in fear, suspicion and defense- but in boldness and love for our fellow man.

I dream of a day when we make the most of our resources and possessions, rather they be small or great.

I dream of a day when we invest in the education and moral training of our children, more so than the entertainment and outward fashioning of them.

I dream of a day, when we will make it a PRIORITY to take our families to church and teach them to love, trust and reverence our Father, who made us.

I dream of a day, when we are respected and held in high esteem by others, not because of our color, but because of our excellent work, service and charity.

I dream of a day, when we no longer see ourselves as victims of our society, but as victors and contributors to our society.

I dream of a day, when we no longer see the need to celebrate ourselves in order to feel a sense of worth, but when we feel a sense of worth, because we celebrate others.

I dream of a day, when we are no longer defined by our color- but by our spirit- one of hope, love, charity, good will and excellence.

I dream of a day, when we will no longer see our PAST as a hindrance to our future, but as a testimony of  our strength and ability to survive and overcome hardship, through the grace of God.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  (Psalm 139:14)

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