“I Have A Dream”
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s riveting and powerful “I Have A Dream” speech. A framed copy of that speech has been in our family dining room for many years. Occasionally I’ll pass it and stop and read it. Each time I do I take something new away from it.
While Dr. King was speaking about race relations that day, his words easily can translate into so many struggles, including the struggles people with obesity have in today’s day and age. Bias, discrimination and outright hatred because of the way a person looks or because of the number which shows when they step on a scale are part of what we have been fighting against since I founded our practice 17+ years ago. Someday, I hope in my children’s lifetime, those sordid memories will be nothing more than historical footnotes. Somberly, as I approach my 55th birthday at the end of the year, I don’t know how realistic it is that I will see that fight finally won. I sure hope so. I, too, Have A Dream.
So on today’s anniversary I cannot help but think of one of my favorite passages from Dr. King’s message:
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.
Let’s hope that one day soon the “content of our character” will win out over whatever the number on the scale is.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!