If you look up “independence” in your thesaurus you’ll see that it’s synonymous with “freedom.” So, as we celebrate Independence Day here in the US, it seems to me it’s a good day to remember the words and spirit of Martin Luther King’s Dream speech.
It was, after all, a vision of a glorious future state: a free and equal society whose citizens have gained their independence from oppression, discrimination, bigotry and hate.
We still have a ways to go–maybe we always will–and that’s why his words continue to ring like a bell.
You’ve probably heard or read the speech countless times, and, even though it certainly wouldn’t hurt to read it again (and again and again), let me offer another way to remind yourself of its essence.
Cynthia Scott, a fabulous singer (and former Ray Charles back-up) performs a rendition of MLK’s Dream that was put to music by her brother-in-law, Reverend Clint Levert. Many thanks to my cousin, Sue Anne Gershenzon (a friend of Cynthia’s and an amazing singer herself), for turning me on to this.
Turn the volume up and listen all the way through.
Hope it rings your bell like it does mine: