Today is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Various local businesses are holding events in my area in honor of the civil rights activist, Dr. King. The University of Michigan is hosting lectures, our local library is showing the movie Selma, and the Ministerial Alliance has organized a walk and keynote speaker.
As I walked through the children’s section of my local library, I noticed a table with arts and craft supplies spread out. There were cut-outs of small hand in bright colors, pencils, and a large sheet of white butcher paper. A lone sentence scrawled across the top of the paper read, what is your dream?
With a chuckle in my voice I asked the librarian, “Can I write my dream on one of the hands?”
“Sure,” she said.
I scribbled down my one sentence dream and taped it to the board that was started to hold all of the dreams. The concept was simple, to encourage youth to explore their dream(s). It gave them the opportunity to put their prized thoughts on paper, to begin to visualize their dream.
Below are inspiring quotes by Dr. King.
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.”
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Everybody can be great… Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and soul generated by love.”
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michael Angelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Dr. King had a dream. What is your dream? Take time to reflect.