He examined me carefully; his eyes moved across my face, lingering on my hair, I found him easy to talk to, and we chatted about everything, from questions of war and peace to racial and economic justice. Martin seemed impressed that I was knowledgeable about subjects other than my chosen field of study in music.
As he was driving me home, we stopped at a light and he turned to me.
“You know something?”
“What?” I asked.
“You have everything I have ever wanted in a wife. There are only four things, and you have them all.” “The four things that I am looking for are character, intelligence, personality, and beauty. And you have them all. When can I see you again?”
And that was the first date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his wife Coretta Scott King according to pg 35 in her book, My Life. My Love. My Legacy. When I say that this book was insightful, inspiring, and enlightening. I mean it! It's a book I plan to read for a second time. It contained the back stories into some of our countries most historic times. Candid stories never told in our history books nevertheless, across the screens of our television. It told of the true supporters of the civil rights agenda, and those who simply put on a show for the cameras. It told of the stories of white people who secretly protested the injustice perpetuated on blacks, but because they feared the repercussions by their white counterparts, they refused to speak up. It told of suspicious deaths, and assassinations. Unfortunately, the stories told felt very modern day. The cries of the 1960's have transcended through time reaching us in 2018 where we are still shedding tears over police brutality, racial inequality, white supremacy, and discrimination.
Mrs. King shared many intimate details into the man she simply called, “Martin.” How that he was a jokester who loved to cook and dance. How when they first met she thought he was too short for her liking, but the more they talked the taller he became in her heart as you can gather from the opening read. From the, I do, all the way to when death sadly did them apart the story was nothing short of captivating. She talked of his depression and thoughts of suicide. His disappointments, doubts, and fear for his life. But, out of the many things that was shared there was one that made me say, “Really!?” Wow! I wonder if you will say the same.
The I Have a Dream Speech that has echoed throughout history as one of the greatest speech ever written was actually not written? Huh? According to the pages in her book, Mrs. King said she doesn’t recall ever hearing Dr. King mentioning anything about a ‘dream’ per se during the long hours he practiced and prepared for his historic speech. In other words he never titled his speech, I Have a Dream, those words were birthed in the moment. He heard them for the first time along with the rest of the world. Words pushed out of the depths of his soul, as he was in forward motion.
My first thought after reading that was, “Somethings are birthed in the forward motion." Oftentimes, it’s on us to make a move. To have the courage. The resolve. The determination to move forward. We can’t sit waiting for everything to be just right and every need met. Every question answered. We have to leave room for faith and trust in God. Dr. Martin Luther King was in forward motion when his dream made history. When something monumental happened.
So, what about you?
What step or steps will you take? What forward motion will you make? You have a dream that can wake up someone else’s dream. You have a dream that can perhaps wake up your family, neighborhood, city, or perhaps an entire nation. You have a dream! Move it forward. And if you can’t receive it from me then perhaps from Dr. King himself.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.