Lisa Nichols is an inspirational author and speaker, and we're honored to have her on the Table of Brotherhood tour. Lisa's unique perspective not only adds to the discussions in each city, she's also crafted a special poem for the tour which she uses to inspire and engender her take on Dr. King's legacy at each event. We hope that event participants, and those visiting us online, will be inspired to continue Dr. King's work in their own communities, among their peers, and across their online networks.
I wasnít there in 1960, when students all over the south sat in at lunch counters, demanding equal rights.
I wasnít there in 1962, when men and women in Albany straightened their backs up, recognizing that a man canít ride your back unless itís bent.
I wasnít there in 1963, when a group of people aroused a nation and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill and Movement.
It was His dream, but itís MY reality!
I wasnít there on August 28th, 1963, when Dr. King shared a dream that he had had about a day when little black boys and little black girls could live in unity with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers.
That was His dream, but itís now MY reality!
See, I wasnít even born until 3 years after Dr. King shared his great dream with the nation.
I didnít have to endure separate drinking fountains, separate bathrooms, or eat in the back of a restaurant because of the color of my skin.
I have never had to participate in a boycott or sit-in for my freedom.
Iíve had no living room civil rights meetings, no water holes knocking me down, no biting dogs tearing at my legs, nor any cocktail bombs being thrown into my home in my quest for equal rights.
And that was His dream, that this be MY reality!
You see, I am the benefactor of a dream spoken for, fought for, suffered for, prayed for and died for. And the journey is still underway and we still have much work that we have to do.
Yes, we own homes, build businesses, experience fame, and coexist together as brothers and sisters because of The Dream-Part 1. And now it time for The Dream-Part 2!
Recognizing as Blacks, Whites, Latinoís, Asianís, Jews and Gentiles, Muslims, Protestants and Catholics, that though there are many barriers that weíve broken throughÖ
We still have Hungry Mothers, Homeless Fathers, and Under-educated Children. So now, my friends, itís time for The Dream-Part 2!
In this dream, thereís no playing small and no sleeping on the job because, like me, there is an unborn child somewhere thatís counting on you.
This dream requires you to Wake Up! Stand Up! Speak Up! Hurry Up! Catch Up! Stay Prayed Up! And oh, you definitely got to Show Up!
And in your own brilliance, do whatever you can doÖ Because Dr. King handled The Dream-Part 1, And now itís up to You and Me to handle The Dream-Part 2.
— Lisa Nichols
Written August 4, 2011
Dr. Kings, Table of Brotherhood gathering
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