I came into this world 11 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, but his words inspired me greatly as a child, and continue to do so today. I was so moved by the message and life’s work of King that I wrote and directed a play about his life in my first grade class (I played the role of Coretta Scott King!) He believed in a better America, and in many ways we have lived up to our nation’s original creed, but in my opinion, we still have far to go. The day that Obama was inaugurated, I cried happy tears. For obvious reasons, and because it renewed my belief that our nation will someday embrace the true meaning of these words, and be accepting of ALL.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”