Monday, January 19, 2009

King and the Dream

There's been talk over the last few days that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency was the "dream fulfilled". I think Barack Obama would be the first to disagree. When a talking head brought up that this was the "dream fulfilled" (on CNN) a reporter spoke up to correct this statement - and I agree with her statement. Basically she said that no this isn't the dream fulfilled, but it's a partial payment on the dream.

When Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed he had been organizing a campaign. He poured his last hours into this cause. The "Poor People's Campaign" was King's final work. A work unfinished.

August 29th, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina proved that poverty is an issue in the richest country in the world. From 1968 (when Martin Luther King, Jr. kicked off the "Poor People's Campaign") to now 2009 - poverty remains a problem that we can no longer deny or ignore. We can't.

It's time that we re-ignite the fight for those living in poverty. Especially now when the economic waters have lowered to a point where we all are feeling pain. When the economic waters rise - we must make sure that it lifts us all, especially the poor.

We shall overcome. The dream will be fulfilled.

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