Today 51 years ago at 6:01 pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Such a sad indictment to mankind that hatred and evil prevail so greatly to enable atrocities such as this.
Dr. King, a Baptist minister, and civil rights leader was a dreamer. He had a dream of equality for all. He had a dream for peace. He had a dream for justice. He had a dream for righteousness. His life was cut short, the dreamer was silenced. But the dream lives on speaking loud and clear. Perhaps we have not reached the promised land that he saw, but we are so much closer.
The above picture captured is a testament to the dream in action. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the first to honor an African America and sits among the Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorials along the National Mall. And I, an African American woman, raised in the poorer north part of Memphis, Tennessee stood in admiration at this tribute in 2016. And I have been blessed to visit Washington, DC and its historical sites multiple times since. Praise the Lord!
Dr. King’s dream of equality is manifesting. I sat on the plane where I wanted, stayed in the hotel that I wanted, was transported how I wanted, ate in the restaurants when I wanted and all without being relegated to the back, the substandard, the inferior.
Having faced difficult times, I have dreamed. Some of the dreams have manifested and some have not but I see them in my future. A future of the promised land that God has infused into my spirit. A future of global ministry, books, literature, and influence. A future of defusing hatred and evil. A future of facilitating peace, justice, and righteousness. A future of sharing with the world about a Savior, who died for the sins of the entire world.
I know you have dreams too. Dreams that push you beyond your natural limitations. But remember when you receive the King of Kings as your Savior, you become supernatural. Don’t be afraid of your dreams. Be instructed in the Word, be taught by the scriptures, be obedient to the Father and follow His plan and vision for your life. Let the dreams live on.
Harriet Noel Jones