LETTER: What would Dr. King think?

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter as we prepare to celebrate one of the greatest public servants and unselfish leaders of all times, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have had the opportunity not only to stand silently in his past church, but to also visit his pearl white marble tomb on the blue waters of downtown Atlanta, Ga.

It has left me to reflect out loud if he was alive today what would he think about the dream that he so believed in and gave his only life for? I wonder would he think if we, as a nation, honestly have overcome the adversity of division and unspoken hatred. I also wonder what he would say about our lack of communication and this growing gun violence controversy across America. I wish that he would visit Sanford for just one day so we could listen to his observations about racism, overpopulated prisons, unbalanced education, homelessness, unemployment and the state of confusion in good old Washington, D.C.

In conclusion, I would love to see him meet and share his wisdom with our current president Barack Obama. It is time for us to look up the word altruism and ask ourselves, as a collective people, are we just talking the talk or really walking the walk in 2013? Oh, yes, I still have a dream for the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and real world peace. I pray and hope that we will live just long enough to see our dreams become the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God.

William K. Johnson

Sanford