It is 50 years ago that Martin Luther King in August 1963 spoke those words which have resonated down through the years “I have a dream” at the Lincoln Memorial Washington DC.
When he said “I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Can any of us really disagree with this? Who wants to be judged by what they look like? Who wants their children to be dismissed because of their appearance? We are very fortunate that in Great Britain we have a tradition of tolerance not just towards strangers but towards each other. In 1963 the Paralympics had not yet formed where talented international sports men and women excel and do not let physical disability hold them back. 50 years ago it was not just a colour bar but also a disability bar. As Martin Luther King said “when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, will be able to join hands and sing..... Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Father Jonathan Sibley
St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton