How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Respond When His Dream Turned Into a Nightmare?
By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
We all know the speech. It resonates deeply within our hearts when we hear it...
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of 'interposition' and 'nullification' ... one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls, as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!"
But what happened when that dream turned into a nightmare? What happened when shortly after that speech, Martin Luther King Jr. heard that four innocent women were murdered inside a church? How did he respond then?
This is the speech you haven't heard.
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Don't Give Up
Whatever your dream is - a dream of your ideal career, a dream of a safer world, a dream of becoming a better person - you will face very, very dark days. Whatever you can imagine, there's a good chance those days may be darker. As the late Dr. King says; "You may lose hope. You may lose sight of your dream. You may for some time, abandon your dream".
That darkness is part of your journey. Still, dream. Now more than ever, you need to dream.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordinary human being, with real fears that held him back. Click here to hear him speak about his fears as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement...
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