Delivered fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech marks a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement and an unforgettable moment in American history. The words Dr. King spoke on August 28, 1963 created a language and a blueprint for the years that followed, leaving a powerful legacy that reverberates to this day.
The March on Washington challenged over one million people to disarm their bitterness and hatred. Congregated, marching, and listening, King urged millions to “rise,” “lift our nation,” and “make justice.” For many, the speech became the empowering doctrine that voiced their own unspoken thoughts. King’s dream became bigger than any one life.
What can we at Falling Whistles learn from this speech? How can we follow in King’s footsteps, to voice a dream of equal weight and impact for the 21st century?
Looking at both King’s Dream and FW’s vision, we see that neither is confined by easy or immediate possibilities. King’s speech invokes a strong urgency for something to happen, to forge a new tomorrow—a call to action that can’t be ignored. King’s legacy is to accept a process of social change that’s not simple to undergo, but possible.
If FW were to craft such a speech, it would need to follow the same passion, courage, and tonality as King’s. It should inspire those who hear it to rise, lift, and make justice. It would need to reach rebels, corporations that work with conflict minerals, cell phone users, Congo’s president, America’s president, the United Nations, the Congolese, Congo’s neighbors, all of Africa, calling on them to be of “physical force with soul force” while deadly injustice is imposed on fellow human beings.
Today, we are inspired in understanding that MLK’s dream reflects the same creed in which Falling Whistles dreams for peace in Congo. Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we, Falling Whistles, have a dream.
If you wrote a dream speech for peace in Congo, what would you say?
by Umba Peggy Monga
Welcome Umba to the crew. We found her blog Congo Logie and she found us on Facebook. She came to the office, started hanging around, became a leader of a Whistler Society and told us she wouldn’t leave. So here we are. Now she’s rolling. Let’s go. Welcome her to the fam and follow her on Twitter @U_M_B_A.