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Today is a great day in the history of America. Today the dream of one man have become a true – Martin Luther King, who was selfless fighter for the inalienable right of everyone to be equal to any other person. Martin Luther King was not a realist. He had a dream! And he believed strongly that it will be come true. Even he was willing to stake his entire destiny and life on a single turn of the wheel. He was killed, but his dream lives even after his death. In the hearts of millions.

Quate from the Martin Luther King Speech:

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true

Martin Luther King was born in January 15, 1929. At the January 20, 2009 the Barack Obama will accomplish part of his dream.

Today is the great day for every dreamer. It is one more example, that dreams come true! People die, everybody forget them. But dreams continue to live and come to the reality.

Today the dream was accomplished by America. But if we will desire stronger and believe – it will happen that one day all nations will rise and understand… that all men are created equal…

P.S.:Dominica celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama too: at the 12 o’clock it will be given 10 minutes of silence. And also there are many Caribbeans, who left to visit America to be more close to the great event.

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Is it a remarkable coincidence, that Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.A has fallen this year, the day before Obama is sworn in a President and the ceremony for Obama takes place at the same mall King gave his now famous speech in 1963?

King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech was aimed at how one day people’s skin colour would no longer be an issue within society. Obama spent today painting walls at a centre for the homeless and young people in Washington.

Speaking to the nation, Obama said, “We resolve that as we walk, we must walk together. And as we go forward in the work of renewing the promise of this nation, let’s remember King’s lesson – that our separate dreams are really one.”

So I ask again, is it a remarkable coincidence or is it Martin Luther’s once lucid dream manifesting itself in the world?

How the tables have turned these last 46 years. A time when the colour of your skin defined you. I guess the bible connotation is true “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”

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This article was published in Dominica Sun Newspaper. Mon, 09 Jun 2008.

For the first time in history the president of the United States of America could be a black man. After a bruising primaries campaign, last week Tuesday night Barack Hussein Obama won the number of delegates he required to become the first black man to lead a major US party in a race to become the president of the world’s sole power. The collective dream of black around the world has apparently come true and excited media commentators compared Obama’s achievement to the abolishment of slavery in the United States more than 200 years ago. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan and a white woman from Kansas, will now take a John McCain, the Republican nominee, in what is expected to be a brutal journey to the White House.

Obama, a 46 year old senator from Illinois was not expected to reach that far because his rival for the Democratic party nomination was the suave and experienced Hilary Clinton, the former First Lady whom Obama, supporters have compared to Shakespeare’s devious lady Macbeth. Some people believe that Clinton’s team collected all manner of filth during the campaign and threw in the face of her fellow Democrat. Their opponent, the Republican John McCain, could not have done better. Additionally Clinton reportedly sent spies to gather unguarded quotes from the Obama. She also damned him with the guilt of egoistic Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But the unkindest cut all was delivered during a speech that Mrs. Clinton delivered on Tuesday night in New York. Like a boxer who incredulously claims that he won a boxing match despite that fact that he was knocked out cold by a vicious right hook, adamantly maintained in the face of all evidence to the contrary that she had won the popular vote. It appears that Mrs. Clinton; having failed in her quest to become president, now want to be vice president. But it is our view that Obama would be making a serious error if he chooses Mrs. Clinton as his running mate.

Whether Obama becomes the president of the US or not, we believe that his campaign so far has had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States. When DR. Martin Luther King gave his great “I have a dream” speech 40 years ago could he have envisaged that a charismatic, eloquent, brilliant black man would have a real chance of defeating a white American in a major general election in 2008? Similarly, Malcolm X, Stokley Carmichael, Huey Newton and the other major leaders of the Black Power and civil rights movements of the Seventies would have been dumbfounded by the surge of support that Obama has received from white America in particular. This, we believe, is exactly what Dr. King meant when he said in the speech that he dreamt America would one day judge his children not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

Meanwhile, Dominicans were fascinated by the long bitter battle between Clinton and Obama for the Democratic Party nomination. They have witnessed a classic example of life imitating art: the enchanting story of a black inexperienced young man whose father came from the heart of the Nyanza province in Kenya in Africa and with a vision of hope has dared to take on the might of the formidable Clinton political machinery. Don’t forget that the story also contained twists of not only race and class but gender as well. Mrs. Clinton herself tried to create history as the first female president of the US.

Of course Dominicans should be interested in American politics if only for the real drama that the players involved bring to the process. By their interest, Dominicans also show that they are aware that American politics affects every country in the world. For example, when President Bush decided that Americans should shift from oil to ethanol, produced from sugar-based or cereal crops, the cost of food skyrocketed everywhere. Similarly, if Obama keeps his promise to fix the US economy, which is now close to being in recession, his effort will have a direct impact on the Dominican population. As you are aware, a weak American economy creates high food prices, increases inflation, reduces, exports and decreases tourists arrivals in Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean.

Obama’s boldness, vision and his victories at the polls, teach us a number of lessons. One of these is that we have to maximize the use all the opportunities that come our way. Obama, who was born into a poor family eventually attended one of America’s top law schools and became one of the few blacks in the American Senate. And as Avaleen Morris, a Jamaican-American, wrote in the Gleaner recently, we have been taught subconsciously to limit ourselves so that we have been conditioned to believe that when we have reached certain goals, we should not ask for more. But “despite the fact that he really couldn’t ask for more, Barack Obama made use of the platform that he had been given, he used the opportunities and blessings that he possessed and dared to reach out for more”, Morris wrote. And Robert Franklin, the president of Morehouse, a black college in Atlanta, summed it up when he said “If Obama becomes president he will raise the ceiling for everyone”.

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