Today as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect upon his life and his dream of service to a movement, I reflect on a part of his “I Have A Dream” speech:
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, 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 my four little 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!
Quite moving, telling and relevant today. I recently attended a Cultural Diversity Committee meeting at the Chicago Association of REALTORS, where the topic of discussion was: what does diversity mean to you?
As Barack Obama is sworn in as the first Black President of the United States of America, you can’t help but think about his background. It is diverse. A Black African Father and a White American Mother, born in Hawaii and lived in Indonesia as a child. He truly is a global person, but to me, a global person is an American.
This, my adopted country, for all it faults, does allow one to dream as Dr. King did. Though we are going through some challenges, we are equally challenged to call upon each other to pull through it together as one people. You look across the globe and all the violence that persists because of differences; here in the United States, those differences are OUR STRENGTH.
Our strength is in the creativity that results from all of us working together to reach that one goal, complete that job or reach that dream. I see it everyday at the Association and all of its committees. I see it when putting a transaction together, I see it when I drive through this city of neighborhoods.
They say the United States is a melting pot… I think it’s more like a tossed salad. All of us bring that unique something that adds to the experience.
As we look ahead and the potential for a 2016 Olympics, the World Games here in Chicago. I think about the fact that every country is well-represented here already. This is a global city; the world lives here, and the world should play its games here.
If we are to judge each other by the content of our character, think about the human genome project, where the findings are .10% (a tenth of a percent) is what makes us different. We really are not that different in the physical sense. It ‘s that character, ideas and dreams that are.
What does DIVERSITY mean to you?