Sunday, January 18, 2009

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
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.
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."

This is only a tiny part of Martin Luther King's great speech that was given in August of 1963. I was a little girl then and I remember that summer very well, I even remember the riots of those times. Just reading these words gives me goosebumps still. How terrible those times were, I remember my mom being afraid that there would be riots where we lived in NYC, and she worried we would get caught up in them somehow. I know there is still a long road ahead but I like to think that we have come very far in these past years. I wish our newly elect president Obama the best of luck and May God Bless him and his family. I hope that the Reverend ML King is looking down and smiling at our great nation.


Siobhan said...

Oh wow, Sharon, what a wonderful post!! It makes me want to cry. God bless him & us, indeed.

Pumpkin said...

I believe everyone has as well. It's nice to see a nation willing to change their ways and open their minds to new ideas :o)

Terry said...

Thank you Sharon. As always you have something inspirational on your blog. When you have a free moment, stop by my blog and check out your award.

Janice said...

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era in American history. I share your hopes for President Obama's administration and hope that prosperity and optimism are on the way back to America before too very long.

Tammy said...

Wasn't that inauguration something?? It really touched me. I loved it.

Stitchery Doo said...

Amen. I almost feel sorry for Obama, though. I just hope people aren't building him up to god-like proportions, only to be disappointed when he turns out, at the end of the day, to be only a man, capable of doing only so much, to the best of his abilities. He's been handed a mess. With any luck, he can help us dig out of it.

Anonymous said...

I'm a french woman and I think it's a great post and it is very important for us in Europe to.
I had the desire to fare to USA before...Now I would like very very well to fare to USA !
Vorgive, please, my english ;-)
God bless you, the Usa and your president and his family, and mister Biden and his family !
Anissa, Lyon, France