Monday, January 19, 2009

A Dream Realized?

I have been watching Inauguration coverage most of the weekend and especially today. CNN has been running a lot of coverage in respect to Martin Luther King Day falling on the eve of the election of the first African American to the office of the presidency. There was a poll that asked with Obama's election has MLK's dream been realized....

For me, personally, I think that only part of the dream has been realized. Tomorrow will be an incredible day in American history. An African American will take the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States, almost 45 years after MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech." Take a minute and really think about that. 45 years. I know some people never thought that they would live to see an African American be elected to them, that 45 years went by fast. To me, it seems like 45 years is too long.

While tomorrow is indeed a very exciting day and I will be sitting at my computer watching it live, we cannot forget the Civil Rights movement is far from over. King was a civil rights activist. There are still people in this country who are discriminated against for their beliefs. People who are told they are not equal because of who they love and want to marry. I hope it doesn't take another 45 years for this part of the fight for equality to come to fruition.

"And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

What do you think, has the dream been fulfilled?


Andy said...

Well, as a non-American, I think this is a HUGE step.

As a woman, I'm still waiting for another woman to lead the first world power.

kc mom said...

Hey--just stopping by to let you know that I have been here---I haven't missed a post. Just been a lurker and quiet!!!

I do think it is a huge step. WE are moving in the right direction--as long as we continue to move and not stay in stagnent waters---WE are getting there.

Put a single mom (or any Mom for that matter) in office---she would stretch a buck like no other!! Hope I do live to see that!!

rachel elizabeth said...

seriously. i am SO, so proud to be an american right now. xo

Kylie said...

I believe we are moving forward, but not all the way there yet. I am happy to be a part of American history this past November and tomorrow. We need change!!

Beya said...

We have come a long way, and we have a long way to go, but it sure feels wonderful to be here!

Little Fish said...

Yup, it's official- we were sepersted at birth!

Ray said...

Great post Mandy! I think it is a huge step...but we're not there yet. Today is a great day for America!

Tiffany said...

i think it has not been fufilled. i think change and everything is good but i still want obama to do something about gay marriage. because as a half african american whomany people feel is what makes the change so great right now, he should know that it is civil rights for all and not just some. we are the color we are born and we are born with a sexual preference and those things cannot be chnaged and people shoudlnt have to try. so i am so excitied for the country being excited but i will definitely be more excited as the years go on and i see what happens.

Unknown said...

happy inauguration day!

i think it is a HUGE step forward and is definitely a realization, in some ways, of dr. kings dream. but the work is not over - it's just beginning.

as a canadian - i say 'america - give yourselves a pat on the've made the right choice.'

Frank said...

No, not yet.

But it is a HELL of a lot closer to being fulfilled than it was a decade ago.

And I hope that it doesn't take another 45 years for there to be true and unarguable equality among everyone in America, and that includes all other minorities and gays and lesbians.