Dear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
I write you today to tell you of your dream. Your dream, your vision is close at hand. Today was the inauguration of the second term of an African American President. Today we have overcome so many of the obsticles facing the people of your day. Without you to rally together the masses of the downtrodden, our world would be so much different. As we steam forward we do it with one eye on our past. We will never forget the blood, sweat, and tears spilled for our rights. We can never forget the vision of President Abrahm Lincoln and his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. His desire for every American to enjoy the same freedoms equally. As you said “There are those who ask the devotees of civil rights “when will you be satisfied?” I share my answer with you but with a different pair of eyes “We will never be satified” You see Dr. King, you and I share this dream, this desire for pure equality, I say, we will not be satisfied until every man, women and child is protected under the law no matter their sexual preferance, color or nationality. We will not be satisfied until every american can enjoy the 15,000 rights that are enacted when a couple is married. We will not be satisfied until the darkness of discrimintaion is illuminated by the light of acceptance and understanding. Dr. King I have a dream that a child with two dads or two moms will be united under the banner of the word family. I have a dream where people are not pulled from their cars or houses and beaten or murdered because others fear their differences. I have a dream that these words said by the President that was inaugurated on this very day will be accomplished. “our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truely created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” President Obama. As we will never forget those who gave their lives, pride and blood to gain civil rights may also we never forget those who have died, been beaten or took their own lives in the fight to gain equal rights. Dr. King may we move forward together, may we push through these last barriers of discrimintation. It is as you said “when we allow freedom to 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, (Gay and straight) 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!”
Thank you Dr. King for your Dream, for your vision and for your life.
Matthew Haws and Trent Lake