What is the power of words? Words can change the course of history. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King’s speech elevated African Americans from second class citizens to equals. In modern time with NSA spying and the Patriot Act freedoms of all Americans are in jeopardy. Like in 1963 when MLK said, “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
Just like MLK I do not think the bank of justice is bankrupt. The modern currency is self-sufficiency. Government is the problem, but half of the country relies on her for their needs giving up the life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness. I pity these people. Our country is in desperate need of leadership. We need another MLK or Winston Churchill. In the age of Social Media the opportunities to become that leader is never easier. For those seeking to lead from the words of Churchill, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never.” Do you have what it takes to lead?