Turning Dreams to Reality

Fathoming Martin’s Final Messages “When a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, it loses its social perspective and programs of social uplift suffer. This is just a fact of history [because] we do face many more difficulties as a result of the war. It’s much more difficult to really arouse a conscience during […]

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Fathoming Martin’s Final Messages

“When a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, it loses its social perspective and programs of social uplift suffer. This is just a fact of history [because] we do face many more difficulties as a result of the war. It’s much more difficult to really arouse a conscience during a time of war.”

The Difficulties We are Still Facing

Dr. King delivered the above quote in a powerful interview with NBC May 8, 1967, less than a year before his assassination. These were his words addressing how the Vietnam War and war, in general, is “poisoning the soul of our very nation” – yet since MLK spoke those words, our nation has still been in a perpetual state of war. From the drawn-out Cold War to the ongoing War on Terror, America’s governmental mind and pocketbook have been preoccupied with becoming ever more militarized and globalized, all the while leaving the spirit and body of our nation to their own devices, collectively deteriorating to the point of near atrophy. We are due for a change in our values, and MLK could not have said it better:

“These young people are saying there must be a revolution of values in our country.”

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

In his final speech 24 hours before he was slain, Dr. King spoke to a different note. During the remaining years after his “I Have a Dream” speech which would come to define his legacy, Dr. King became illuminated to the stark reality that speaking of hope alone would not deliver the momentous change that America needed/needs… he even went so far to say that his “dream turned into a nightmare”! The change that he was speaking to in his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, is a change in the behavior of the citizens in our country:

“Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”

We can no longer sit idle as the minds of our American youth dwindle due to budget cuts, we can no longer watch in trepidation of the widespread changes technology may bring, it is our responsibility as a global village to navigate this paradigm shift to ensure that the youth don’t get left behind. This is why the Fathom mission is to empower the youth in the communities where they live, learn, work & play; although we are well on the path towards realizing our mission one thing is for certain – your help will be needed! 

The shift we are encountering is one for the ages, the challenge is unprecedented, and the time is now to straighten our respective backs, look our nation eye to eye and reexamine our its’ values. In conclusion and in celebration of the day, we would like to leave you with some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final words:

“We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis… we’ve got to see it through”

 

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