I Have a Dream

Today Hancock International College is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wanted to make sure to share with our ESL students some important reasons why today is so important to American culture, and how this man created so much of the freedom immigrants enjoy in America today. Here’s excerpts from an article I found on the kingcenter.org.

“The Meaning of The King Holiday By Coretta Scott King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit…

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation…We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America…

This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway.

…The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, ‘What is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?’

On the King Holiday, young people learn about the power of unconditional love even for one’s adversaries as a way to fight injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday…It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream.

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we ‘will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’’’ (http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday)

He was truly a man of great integrity who respected freedom. His legacy will never die.

Idiom of the Day

In your dreams!

Meaning: Something that you say to someone who has just told you about something they are hoping for, in order to show that you do not believe it will happen.

Example: Dave, you want me to buy you a car? In your dreams!