What Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Quote Really Meant

“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: — we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” -Martin Luther King Jr. on Equality

Yesterday was the Birthday of the Great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If he were alive today, he would be 88. Today, we honor the life and accomplishments of this amazing man who so believed in his cause to end racism, segregation, racial inequality, and every other social injustice he believed had no place in America or any other place in the world, that he was prepared to and did unfortunately give his very own life for the cause he so believed in.

Dr. King is best remembered for his “I HAVE A DREAM” speech that he delivered on a sweltering hot August day in our Nations Capitol in 1963. The 28th of August would indeed be a day that changed history forever. Washington D.C. was ill prepared for the throngs of people who would come out to support the cause and their belief in the message Dr. King would deliver that day. His non-violent approach to social injustice galvanized his place in history.

On August 28, 1963 the people of this great nation did indeed rise up to begin the process of living out the true meaning and the creed of the words of our Constitution that so clearly indicated that all men are created equal, and that we should indeed hold these truths to be self-evident. Having stated that his dream was rooted in the American Dream rallied not just people of color, but people from all walks of life, varying spiritual beliefs, and all socio-economic class and culture to come together in a way that hadn’t been seen since the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Knowing just how challenging affecting change would be, Martin Luther King Jr. rallied the people of this great nation around the cause of Peace, Love, and Faith. A movement of civic engagement was born and change was now inevitable despite the horrifying political rhetoric that would follow his historic speech and subsequent civic support of the majority of the American People.

Racism was an ugly stain that many Americans were not only not ready to acknowledge, but vehemently opposed any move toward racial equality. The final outcome was indeed determined that hot August day, but unfortunately, Dr. King would not live to see what he had accomplished with simply the power of his well chosen words, a compelling request from Mahalia Jackson, his call for action, but non-violent action only, his faith, and finally, his dream!

The rallying cry for the cause that ultimately would lead to his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 would be the philosophy of his belief that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He also went on to say: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream he shared with everyone. If he were here today, I believe he might ask each of us what our dreams are too. Since he is not here, I will ask the question in his honor… What is your dream? Dare to dream boldly!


Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.

Bobby values Commitment and demonstrates this value by serving the needs of those touched by cancer at The Caring Place in Las Vegas as a volunteer support group facilitator. He also supports the cancer fundraising and research efforts of PMC.org with his participation in the Annual Pan Mass Challenge, a 190 mile Bicycle Ride Fundraiser. He actively supports the mission and fundraising efforts of the LLS, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a Support Group volunteer and Fundraiser Committee Member.

Bobby uses his inspirational writing and love of quotes to create his daily message affectionately known as Kountz’s Korner, to inspire his readers to discover their own inner hidden potential. Bobby states that his messages flow through him and takes no personal credit for the profound nature of some of his messages.

His 25 year study of Personal Development and Human Potential has given him the unique wisdom and insight to see the often times hidden and obscure underlying messages of the quotes he selects, that ultimately make up the words of his Daily Inspiration!

Bobby has been diligently writing and is nearing the completion of his forthcoming book, “Commit, Then Figure It Out!” His book, inspired by his learning journey and his preparation efforts for his first PMC, will show others how to accomplish almost anything they once thought impossible, (like a 190 mile bike ride for example). Bobby developed his COMMITS system while preparing for the PMC, and describes the process as a simple 7 Step Framework for Success!


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