As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we are reminded of his dream…and the American dream. His dream was not only of equality, but of non-violence. He said, “returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
His dream was the fulfillment of our country’s promise not only of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but of the larger promise of equality and peace. Where our children can feel safe and protected. In school, they learn about Dr. King and what he meant to American history. Are we continuing his good work? Is the promise of that dream being carried out today?
Recently, our nation was rocked by the shooting in Tucson. We want Dr. King’s dream of a non-violent society to be a reality, and it frightens us when violence rears its ugly head. We want to maintain our rights under the Second Amendment, but are not sure how to balance that with keeping our kids safe. How do we maintain our freedom and keep ourselves out of harm’s way. How do we live up to Dr. King’s dream for our nation?
We all have a dream for our children. It’s a dream of an America of freedom, opportunity, safety, and prosperity. Where our children are not only created equal, but are treated equally. Where our children are not judged on what’s on the outside, but on “the content of their character.” As Opinionated MAMAs, we all have big dreams for our kids and we should encourage our kids to dream big, too, because their dreams can change the world.
Take a minute today to listen to the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your kids.