Is it the Power of the Wind Changers that makes a Profound Difference?..Day 26!
Martin Luther King made his famous speech about civil rights – “I have a Dream” on 28th August 1963.
He was a Wind Changer – “The Answer, my Friend is Blowing in the Wind.” See the Song at the end.
This blog was originally written in August and today I really felt it was essential to remind everyone who or what inspires you to great activity – NOW IS THE MOMENT!
Jim Wallis (born June 4, 1948) is a Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor ofSojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. Wallis is well known for his advocacy on issues of peace and social justice.
Although Wallis actively eschews political labels, he describes himself as an evangelical and is often associated with the evangelical left and the wider Christian left. He works as a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama. He is married to the Rev. Joy Carroll, who was one of the first female priests in theChurch of England. He is also a leader in the Red-Letter Christian movement. – Wikipedia
Jim Wallis was interviewed recently by Clare Balding OBE (born 29 January 1971) who is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. – Wikipedia
Jim Wallis made a profound statement that once in a generation someone would be recognised as a “Wind Changer.” A person who was able to change the course of history and such a man was Martin Luther King.
It was on this day on 28th August 1963 that Martin Luther King made that historical statement – “I have a Dream.”
1963: ‘I have a dream’ – Click on right below for more
Martin Luther King is the author of one of history’s most memorable speeches. On 28 August 1963, he stood up at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and told 250,000 euphoric supporters of his dream for racial equality.
Dr King’s words are still instantly recognisable even four decades later.
The civil rights campaigner, who was assassinated in 1968, remains a figurehead for racial equality movements around the world.
We watched the “March On Washington” on TV, and recognized immediately the historical impact Dr King’s speech would have.
My only regret is that I wasn’t able to be there in person.
Serwind Netzler, USA
I was there 30 yards to the left of Dr Martin Luther King as he gave his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.”
Skipping classes at American University, I took a bus to Constitution Avenue, and walked toward the Lincoln Memorial.
Suddenly the crowd started cheering for the Mississippi delegation as they marched by.
I jumped off the sidewalk and came face to face with a national guardsman.He was shocked to see me because we both graduated from a high school together in Maryland.I said, “Those people are for freedom and so am I” as I walked past him and came to within 50 yards of the Lincoln Memorial.
I made it to the grassy area to Dr King’s left as he faced the crowd. Dr King’s words, “When all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing …’Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!'” are still ringing in my ears today.
Born and reared in Washington, DC, I have lived in Texas for the past 32 years.
We still need to work for racial equality and the civil rights of all groups. Thank God for Dr King.
The Rev Mel Swoyer, USA
I remember that day in 1963 when Dr King made his famous speech in Washington DC.
I was an eight-year-old boy living in Pasadena, California.
It was a hot summer day and the television was on. The March on Washington was being broadcast and my mother told me never to forget this day. She said it was history in the making.
This was so unusual – my mother never used language like this nor drew my attention to the television.
For a Caucasian boy in a racially segregated city, this was a powerful message.
Hopefully, one day, we’ll all rise up in the words of the spiritual: “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last.”
Mark Praigg, USA
In a television news career spanning six decades, the March on Washington stands out clearly in my memory as a day in which I was fortunate to play a role.
As a producer-director for CBS News, my function was to direct the TV pool coverage for CBS, NBC and ABC.
The raw emotions of Dr King’s speech and it’s effect on all who were there to witness it will always remain with me. I am indeed grateful.
Robert Camfiord, USA (2003)
Source of reference – On this Day BBC News
I wr0te this blog in August as I was totally inspired by this unique event at that time. There is no doubt that it profoundly changed the way many people think and act in their every day lives. Sometimes you have to stop what you are doing and realise what is happening around you. I was drawn to all this by references to radio broadcasts, reading the daily press and being reminded of the times with songs and comments. AND believe me there are Wind Changers in the world of the online business network and you know who they are!
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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
Blowing In The Wind (Live On TV, March 1963) – Bob Dylan