Reagan is one of our 5th grade youth at Skyline Middle School. She was selected as an award recipient for the Essay & Creative Expression contest as part of JMU's 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Formal Program. The event was held on Monday, January 16th at JMU's Wilson Hall Auditorium.
Now, for solutions to the many problems I have stated before. I think we need to take a moment and think about how diverse our community is and say: we are very lucky to have such a great place to live with no war in our community and men and women who protect us everyday. We need to respect all no matter the past or present and make sure all are welcome and have a second chance in life. It's absurd that it has taken over 200 years for us to realize everybody is equal and should be shown the same amount of respect and compassion.
Our skin color is not a way to separate people. From 1950 to 1964, segregation took place and everything was separated. For example, water fountains were separated, restaurants and movie theaters too. I believe all are equal and should be treated that way. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his own words, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” I believe that we all need to honor this quote and use it for good and make sure we don’t drink from the cup of hatred and bitterness. I hope all take Martin Luther King Jrs. message and spread it to many others.
In conclusion, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech was very iconic. I believe we all need to stand by his words and make his dream a reality. We are so close his goal and need to push a little bit closer. I believe we can make real progress in our community with unity, equality for all and compassion for each other.