A year after the dreamer was killed; a young family built their first house in the suburbs. They had always dreamed of living in a neighborhood like this, but until now it was off- limits to non-whites.
This family had a little girl and two little boys. (They would later add a second daughter.)
They dreamed that their four little children would someday be able to go to the best schools. Today the dream came true.
They dreamed that their children would be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.
Yet when this young family moved into their new home, they were welcomed by slashed tires and hate mail.
Their daughter was ostracized, ridiculed and bullied in school. She did not understand racism, but she learned to understand hatred. Books became her friends.
Those who loved were more plentiful than those who hated, but hatred’s voice was much louder. Most of the neighbors were friendly and kind and eventually those who were not quieted down as the family learned to ignore them and even feel sorry for them.
The oldest daughter eventually enrolled in a private high school for her own physical safety. Conditions in the public school had become so violent that she was escorted to and from class by security to protect her from harm.
Through the struggle, the girl experienced isolation, self-hatred, anger; but love eventually won.
In her new school, she was able to prosper and grow. She graduated at the age of 16 and went on to become a college instructor and successful business woman.
Although there are still individuals who choose to fuel themselves with hatred, as a nation, we are no longer like that. We have learned to judge by the content of one’s character and we have become a stronger people as a result.
The dreamer is dead, but his dream is very much alive.
I am the little girl in the story. I lived Rev. King’s dream and his dream lives in me.
- The Labels We Accept (Your Pocket Guru)
- Don’t Ride the Divisive Bandwagon (Pops of Life)
- Let America Be America Again (Line of Serenity)
- Learning to Love Self (Taquila Coleman)
- The President Has Left the Plantation (Philly Burbs.com)
- MLK’s Legacy Is a Source of Unity (Socyberty)
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