Editor, Times-Union:
I have been invited to be the keynote speaker at Goshen College’s annual Martin Luther King breakfast.
Martin Luther King is probably one of the greatest men of our time. Through peace and nonviolence he changed the course of America. His words are just as relevant today as they were when he said them.
I recently read his famous “Mountain Top” speech and it sent chills down my spine. He wanted to make sure his message spread throughout the country with or with out him because the message was such a strong one. His “I Have A Dream” speech gave hope to so many people. He made everyone believe that there was opportunity for every American.
Unfortunately, many today feel that the American Dream is dead or dying. I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. It may be a bit more difficult to reach, but it is still there. The things that are the hardest to attain are the ones we appreciate the most. Life will always present obstacles that may stand in the way of reaching our dream. We can choose to just give up or we can choose to work even harder to attain it.
My wise mother has always said, “Don’t feel sorry for yourself, don't let what others say about you bother you because you know what's in your heart and keep dreaming.”
I am grateful to my mother because we are living her dream. She may not be as eloquent as Martin Luther King but her message to us is the same. She dreamed that her children be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character. I am grateful to such wonderful role models in my life because they inspired me to dream.
Don't give up on your American Dream. American Dreams are what have made this country great.
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, Dist. 22
Syracuse, via e-mail