By MAYOR GABRIEL J. CAMPANA
Exactly fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stirred the nation with one of the most important speeches in our nation's history. It has been universally known as the "I Have A Dream" Speech.
Everyone who has heard it has been stirred by the end of his great speech as he repeated again and again, "I have a dream,I have a dream"In remembrance of that moment, I examined again and noted the full context of those words.
He was speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day in 1963, on the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. He alluded to this in the beginning of his speech, even noting it was "five score years ago." Lincoln, of course, began his speech with the famous words, "Four score and seven years ago," referring back to the Declaration of Independence.
So, in effect, what Dr. King was reminding us that his "dream" was not just a dream for the African-American, but the true American dream. It was a dream of freedom, for as he said, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of creed:" We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' "
And his words also implied what followed, that this equality includes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Dr. King's words remind us that there is more that unites us than separates us. This message is needed more today than ever before.
Over the past 3 decades, there have been more and more challenges in our city, and we must not ignore them. We are blessed with a glorious heritage in Williamsport, and with hope and action we will have a bright future.
But to face the challenges of today, we must be united with one purpose. We stand together in our love for this city and our desire to work for what is best for it. We stand against those who purpose is to corrupt and defile the people that live and work in Williamsport.
We want our city to be not just known as the Birthplace of Little League Baseball, but also is a city that is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We want to be known that here in Williamsport, everyone is free to live, work, play and pray and know that they are safe and know that the possibilities exist to grow and prosper. It we share these ideals, than Dr. King's dream lives on. And it lives in us.