“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have A Dream” speech
Let’s honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today in celebrating his and our dreams today. Equality is not just for people of color. But for everyone who pursues life, liberty and happiness — whatever it may mean to us. Remember, it is the people who came before us that usually have allowed us to live out our dreams and dream bigger.