“Tell them about the dream, Martin.”



Like many of you, my heart was warmed to discover a truth about the famous “I have a dream ….” speech delivered magnificently by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The March on Washington, August 28, 1963. As the story goes, Mahalia Jackson, the queen of Gospel music at the time, performed just prior to Dr. King’s speech. During the speech, Mahalia must have decided that the prepared speech needed something different. Remembering a theme she had heard King use earlier, Mahalia said, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” And at that moment, as can be seen in films from that day, Dr. King leaves his prepared notes to improvise the next section of his speech  – the famous section that begins, “And so 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….”

Knowing this little bit of history touches me on several levels:

I love Dr. King’s humility. Somewhere deep within his psyche, though a brilliant writer and orator himself, he knew the truth of what Mahalia was saying, the speech needed a boost. And somewhere deep within Mahalia, she knew Martin could handle the help. And history was made that day during that speech. God bless them both.

I love when people are passionate about something. God knows Martin Luther King, Jr was passionate about God and justice and freedom and equal rights and knowing that the United States could do the right thing – the time had come.

I also love it when people share with me what their personal life’s dream is. What they see in their minds eye about a better future for themselves and for others. It’s so cool when what they see syncs up with what God sees, and then that dream becomes a reality.

May we all align our dreams with God’s dreams for our lives. May all our dreams include justice, freedom, equal rights and doing the right thing.

Please pray for me and know I am praying for you.

Peace friends,


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  • babs says:

    Always keeping you in our prayers and believing in God’s Big Tent to include all as we are made in His image and likeness whether we are different because of sexual, ethnic, religious any other persuasion. Let us remember The Dream.

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