Everyone must do their part to bring King’s Dream into fruition

(Courtesy of Latrisha M. Vetaw)

My dream for the community is that we all get to pursue our dreams, live our values, and follow our passion. This can only happen if we all are given equal opportunities.

When I think about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” it makes me reflect on how far we’ve come. But, it also makes me remember we still have so much work to do.

In order for every person — no matter race, gender, and social status — to live our best life, we must see each other as equals, be able to have uncomfortable conversations and be willing to do the work.

As a community, we can achieve this. Everyone should tap into their inner leader and begin prioritizing what is most important to them, their friends and families. I believe if we all just commit to doing better at one thing or trying something new for the first time, we would see the world change in a big way.

Having a conversation with a person of a different race might change your views of this particular group of people and further the success of Dr. King’s Dream. Begin by encouraging others to be great and lead.

Creating change and diversity in our leadership only strengthens our community more and allows the space for us to live our values. We need to empower and inspire our young people to ensure that Dr. King’s Dream lives on. We all have a role in making the world a better place.

Do you know what your role is? Are you willing to find out what part you can play in making the world a better place for you and me? I hope you’ll join me in spending this MLK Day by reflecting on how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, and what you can do to help realize Dr. King’s Dream.