Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. — Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, D.C., The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

It is always – including now; this time – the time.  Now is the time.

On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till was murdered…because of the color of his skin. (Just over 3 months before Rosa Parks was arrested for not moving from her seat on a bus).mlkihaveadreamgogo

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his dream of a better land. He said, among many other great things in that great speech:

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. — Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, D.C., The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

Elvis Presley, who lived just a few short miles from where Dr. King was killed in 1969, sang of that dream.  (Elvis himself insisted on including this song in his 1969 comeback tv special, to honor the dream of Dr. King):

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true

There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear

Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle

And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now

It is still the time! Now is the time!

I encourage you to re-read Dr. King’s speech. Pay attention to every word.

We’ve got more work to do… Our country does. Our cities do. We all do,

 

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