The King’s Dream by T. R. Ragland

“What happens to a dream differed?”1 Langston Hughes, a 20th century poet of the Harlem Renaissance, posed this thought-provoking question in his poem titled Harlem (popularly known as Dream Differed). If the “dream” was indeed a real, flourishing thing at one point in time, what becomes of it when it is neglected? Does it exist in a state of potentiality awaiting the day of actualization? Or like nocturnal dreams, does time seem to dwindle the recollection of it to inexistence? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. imparted words of power to the United States of America on August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC. He had a dream. A dream that was not meant to merely exist as an idea in the minds of many, but one to be realized. For he did not hide his dream under a bushel, but instead placed it on the mountaintop for all to see. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of virtue whose self-sacrifice and courage should not be taken lightly. I speak boldly, as a member of the African-American community, when I say we have a responsibility to see that this dream not be lost along with Dr. King himself. If the African-American community wishes to see his dream come true, they must become a people of virtue. The premise of Dr. King Jr.’s dream was found in this statement: “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.’”2

As it pertains to equality, I find it proper to define what we should and should not be expecting from its manifestation. Equality can best be understood as equal opportunity to reach a desired end. The essence of equality leaves no room for advantage or privilege related to accidental properties (skin color, gender, etc.). All participants have a chance to gain access to the thing in question. All participants are also evaluated through the lens of a consistent Continue reading

On This Day in Christian History

You ever sit and wonder how we got this Christianity thing we have today?  Ever imagine just how many people have dedicated their whole lives to preserve and progress the faith throughout the centuries?  What did men and women like Saint Athanasius, Lottie Moon, or Reuben Archer Torrey do that makes them so revered and remembered?  If you have ever asked yourself these or similar questions, this may be just the thing for you.

On This Day In Christian History will be an ongoing series of short posts commemorating the events in history that have made Christianity what it is today.  These events will span throughout the ages, touching on varying degrees of importance and obscurity, from the Christianization of the Roman Empire under Constantine to the baptism of Jagiello, king of the Lithuanians.  My hope is that the reader will be both enlightened and entertained as we reconnect with our roots, remembering all those who have come before us.  So, without further adieu, come, let us remember together.  Continue reading