Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we celebrate your birthday on this twentieth day of January two thousand and nine; we celebrate with much pride and honor. Forty six years ago you led the freedom and peace March on Washington where you delivered your famous “I Had a Dream” speech. A little African-American baby, around two years old was living somewhere in America, he was too young to listen to your speech; he was too young to appreciate the March on Washington.
That little baby is now a man; his name is Barack Obama. Barack Obama is now the president-elect of the United States of America. Tomorrow Americans will celebrate the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. The first African-American president of the United States of America.
He too have a dream. His dreams are similar to your dreams. His dream is to bring all people together, democrats and republicans, blacks, whites, Jews, Mexicans, Indians, no matter what your race might be. Obama dream is to bring together the young and old, gays and straight, homeless and rich, disabled and able. Your dreams have been fulfilled. Barack Obama’s dreams will also be fulfilled. God will guide Obama as he has guided you on your path to freedom and equality for all.
Today, there’s so much excitement and energy in the air. Americans are on fire with excitements. With the help from GOD, you led us to this day. I know that all things are from GOD; you listened to GOD’s call and you led us to this day.
Today is electric! So much electricity and excitement and energy is in every State of America. Tomorrow we will make History in a big way. Your dreams are now a reality.
This is the day you worked for, this is the day you went to jail for, approximately 24 times; this is the day you fought for, so many years and was assaulted for, at least four times, this is the day you died for. They took away your life but they could not take away your dreams. They could not take away your spirit. You still live in the hearts of many. Your death was not in vain.
Because of you, we Americans stood together and elected an African-American man for our 44th president of the United States of America. You fought for equality for all. You fought for the day that all Americans will come together as one; the day that we could look past skin color and see a man for what he was, regardless of his color. That day came on November fourth two thousand and eight. That was a day many of us thought we would never live to see. Sen. Barack Obama became our president-elect in spite of his skin color.
That African American man with the odd name spoke and Americans listened, he traveled, and Americans followed. Hundredths of thousands of people gathered to listen to what he had to say, wherever he was. He believes in change for all people. Americans believe he can help bring that change.
If you were here you would be so proud of Barack Obama. You would be able to say my dreams are fulfilled. Barack Obama has already done more to bring people together than any civil rights leader that I know, since the days of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Like you, Obama’s dream is to bring all men together. He believes in change. Your dream is no longer a dream; your dream is now a reality. A reality that your children lived to see. A reality that many of us thought we would never see in our life time.
A large part of this day belongs to you and your fight. All things comes from GOD who led you through your fight and kept your dreams alive through many of us. GOD showed you the way and you followed HIS lead. Because you kept the faith and fought for what you believed in; because you believed in the dream that God showed you; GOD has now led Americans to the day when we stood up together and elected the first African-American as our 44th President of the United States of America.
You never lost your faith in GOD, even thought you knew your life was in danger. Your life was snatched away from you much too soon. However, GOD has allowed your children to witness your dream come true. We Americans stood up for change, we stood up for a better tomorrow, and we stood up together and elected our first African-American president of the United States of America. Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King.