“I have a dream,” said Martin Luther King Jr, “that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
MLK’s dream transcends national boundaries and timelines of history.
How many in India have the insight, honesty, and conviction to stand up and say today, “I have a dream that one day our children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by their caste or religion, but by the content of their character.”
And yet we must dream. Acknowledge that we have miles to go and dream of this equality.
“Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
If America is to be a great nation, MLK said, let freedom ring from everywhere.
And this must be true for all nations.
Let freedom ring from the plains of the Ganges. But not only that, let freedom ring from the valley of Kashmir.
MLK was inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent struggle for freedom and the civil disobedience movement. Let us be inspired by MLK!
Happy MLK day!
Oppressed communities in India and marginalized groups fight for social justice using the non-violent approach. Here is MLK talking about Gandhiji’s approach.