Today we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. He was a civil rights activist who was not afraid to fight for what he believed in. He inspired us with his eloquence and challenged us with his vision. His “I Have A Dream” speech, which he delivered to over 250,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., was voted the top American speech of the twentieth century in a 1999 poll.

That speech has proven to be not just an oratorical masterpiece, but a prophesy of what was to come. Even though racial inequality still exists in our society, we are seeing the dream become a reality as races join together across the country to bring awareness to the need for gun reform, an end to police killings of black people and to issues that affect women.

Fifty years later the dreamer has departed, but the dream lives on.

What about your dream as a writer? Do you have one?  MLK shouted his dream to the masses every chance he got. Have you told anyone about yours? Writers are known to be shy, introverted types, but don’t keep your dream to yourself. Tell others about it. Some may support you, others may laugh, but don’t give up on your dream. Write it, speak it, share it, and one day it will become a reality. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie was published between 1932 and 1943, and is still being read today. Maybe fifty years from now people will be talking about you.

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