Many people can quote the start of his most famous speech “I have a dream…” but few people can tell you what his dream was.
Last month on MLK day I flew with one of my good friends to Carthage, NC where we ate at the Pic N’ Pig. He read one of the plaques which told of the story of James McConnel who died in battle during World War one. JP read it in French since that is where he was born.
The second plaque is written in Chinese and tells of Robert Upchurch who served and died as one of the Flying Tigers. My second student of the day is from China. I look forward to the day when I can call him my friend.
The ideas expressed in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence ring as true today as the day they were written. The blood of people paying for the fruition of those dreams has been spilled in many battles. French blood supporting the rebellious colonies, Chinese blood against an invading force and American blood mixed in with both. Our civil war was the bloodiest. I long for peace and weep for my fallen comrades and thank God that I live in a country that states upfront “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The color of your skin does not matter; blood is red, what matters is how you live.
Live the dream. Dream big.