“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every year we celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. I marvel at how with each passing year other news items seem to overshadow his memory and the commemoration of his greatness begins to wane. Oh, it is polite and photogenic; we play the little news clip of the “I have a dream” speech, but unless any of us are really plugged in to alternative news cycles, we get very little in-depth coverage of The Reverend Dr. King’s greatness.
As a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor I have spent numerous hours pouring over the late Dr. King’s writings and have come to believe that he was so aware of setting himself free before he could fight for you and me. His heart, faith and mind were his oppressor’s and when he came to realize that until he was a “free” man internally it truly did not matter whether he could sit in the front or back of the bus or enroll at the University of Mississippi.
His Dream for us all derived from reaching his own promised land. Once he was free inside his own soul, he could now dedicate his life to helping us identify our own oppressor’s and find our own freedoms.
My prayer for you today is that you have the courage to set yourself free and find your Dream and Promised Land.
Hugs and Blessings,
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