John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Dr. King's Legacy

"I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is power in a dream, especially when that dream is in sync with God's dream. God longs for justice and redemption, and tells us that one day all the things that are wrong about our world will be set right. Dr. King's dream was powerful enough to lead people to sit in, stand up, march on, take notice and suffer abuse for the sake of preventing further abuse. He inspired leaders, recruited followers and demanded legislative reform. This preacher man on a plumber's salary moved people, black and white, because he could envision what was true, good and beautiful, and he refused to give up. He said that justice would one day roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. By his absolute refusal to be silenced, he forced America to deal with the error, the evil and the ugliness of racism.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a hope-filled and inspirational leader. He was also a dad. While he was in Washington, proclaiming his dream that his children would "one day live in a nation where they [would] not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," his wife Coretta was caring for his four children, the youngest of whom turned five months old that day.

King left a legacy of hope...for our nation and for his own family.

What kind of legacy would you like to leave for your family? What are you willing to do to ensure that legacy?