Thought For The Day – Friday 20th January 2023
“Tell them about the dream, Martin.”
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This week, we have been paying tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, his family, and his, and their, dream and vision of “The Beloved Community”.
Martin Luther King is famous for his speeches. This oracy was grounded in good deeds and moral actions.
Of course, his most famous words were “I have a dream” in a speech he gave at the March on Washington in 1963. These words were not in the original speech, but were a response to Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who, recalling a theme from Martin’s previous speeches, shouted out: “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” He did. Through the most wonderful legacy, he still does.
Two particular speeches in the last year of his life still, and will always, inspire.
In “The Drum Major Instinct”, Martin encouraged people to use their platform and desire to lead, to be at the front of the parade, for others. He asked to be remembered as humbly leading “a committed life” as “a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”
On the evening before his murder, in what was his last ever speech, Martin used images from the Bible to give hope saying he “had been to the mountaintop” and “we as a people will get to the promised land”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e49VEpWg61M&feature=youtu.be
Martin Luther King sacrificed his safety and ultimately his life for others. He suffered so that others may have opportunities. Martin showed true moral leadership in helping others in words and actions. He treated others as he wished to be treated (The Golden Rule).
Thank you for all your hard work and respect this week. Keep doing the right thing inside and outside of school. Have a very good weekend, when it arrives.