|Posted by Raye Kimberlin on January 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM|
"In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir."
Dr. King was clear that as Americans we have a promise, as framed by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that we have the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not based on the color of one's skin but based on one's citizenship, the right to pursue the best education available, the right to purchase and secure the home of one's choice, the right to participate in the forming of government's laws and policies, the equal access to financial stability, and educational excellence.
Dr. King stated that the people of color refused to believe that all these things were not available to us; the treasury of social justice could not be bankrupt to its citizens! This passage is meaningful to me because if we are to uphold the Constitution and laws of this country, every human being should be equal and have equal access to all that this country has to offer its citizens.
The Rev. Ricardo L. Lewis, pastor, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lebanon