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Martin Luther King - Dream Forward: Peace and Equality

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             Dream Forward: Peace and Equality

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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As I read this quote from the great theologist, Dr. Martin Luther King. It has become of me to realize how we should review the aspects of peace. I think what he means by this quote is that it’s really not peace that we are looking for. We are looking for a change. But in order for a change to occur in these corrupt cities of our nation we have to reach the goal of having peace. In the city that I live in there may be shootings and more deceased teen males than it was a couple of years ago. But look at it in this way, there are community leaders and other people that are trying to teach the younger citizens the right path to go to achieve their goals. I can ask questions to the neighborhood parents about how we can conquer the violent torment that the gangs are bringing into the area. I bet 99 out of 100 are probably going to say, “There is no HOPE”. Now hope is what we really need in the community also. WE have to hope for the best and avert from the worst. WE have to hope that a change in society will come. WE have to hope that there can be a decrease in crimes in our community. But without hope I feel like there is no peace. We have to have peace around the nation in order for a change to come.


 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What he means in this quote is that he doesn’t want his children to grow up and be judged by their skin complexion but to be judged by who they really are. Just like any other person, I believe that you can’t judge a book by its cover. And this is where equality comes in. Dr. King wanted the blacks and the whites to be equal despite the hatred and the judgmental comments against eachother. He went through the depths of hell and back trying to determine a solution in uniting the two races to become one. In my community I feel like there is definitely hope for equality. It’s just the fact that the boys and girls that are in these gangs are trying to portray this sort of war scene on the same streets that we all grew up on. Dr. King fought a peaceful conflict of what he seen as the right thing to do. Being influenced by Gandhi, he had realized that if he can boycott against the government then he would be able to have them notice that what they’re doing is actually wrong.    



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