Monday, January 19, 2009

Spoils of "The Impossible Dream"
Obama & The Legacy of Martin Luther King



--Op-Ed--

Today is Martin Luther King day, and probably the most important one since its creation as it sits on the heels of the realization of at least part of his "dream." Obama's claim to the Oval office is not only the manifestation of the dream of black America (and most of white America as well), but ultimately an inspiration for all of humanity.

Our first African American president reminds us that hope is not a futile exercise and that the seemingly impossible is never as it seems. The Obama phenomena gives us character footnotes; work hard, play smart, dream big and live beyond what "your story" might imply. He tells us that our excuses are the futile exercises in our reality, not our hope, not our dreams, not our seemingly silly fantasies of a life we want to live.

Obama realized another man's dream that he inherited alongside millions of others, over several generations. When Martin Luther King gave his infamous "I Have a Dream" speech, I wonder how many doubters of all skin colors listened to his words and reflected on the impossibility of such a vision ever realizing. But in that sea of doubters were those who embraced the extraordinary and saw beyond the barriers of the time. It is almost impossible to imagine the scale of both faith and imagination of the people who took hold of such an extraordinary concept of true equality at a time of such limited thinking and broken morals. But it was the imagination and dreams of those people, their confidence and power, their bravery and hope that chiseled at hundreds of years of barriers and lifted generations of men until one would rise to prove that daring to dream the impossible can transform nothing short of history.

Tomorrow as Obama claims the White House he realizes more then Martin Luther Kings dream, he celebrates the generations of humans who lifted him to this moment in time and offers us irrevocable evidence of the spoils of dreaming beyond the impossible.



1 comment:

Evan said...

King's dream was far more than just getting an African-American into the Presidency.

As to equality: there is a ways to go yet.