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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – This I believe – CARTER AT LARGE By Lorraine B. Carter

Dr. King, I believe you know what I am about to write, even before I begin. It was the sixties, and changes were occurring all over the world, and especially in America. People were coming out and experimenting in sexual freedom, the races were mixing in relationships, genders were questioned, careers were abandoned to live in poverty, the Beat nicks gave way to the Hippies, and the conflict in Vietnam escalated. Turmoil and unrest was spreading across America with riots, murdering hate groups, and political intrigue. I was unsettled in those days as well, still trying to find my way and what I wanted to do with my life and what would be relevant to my journey.

Dr. King, this is what I believe, as my journey continues. I believe that each person is responsible for the way America has become and the way it will go. I believe it is up to each of us to give the best of ourselves to make our world healthier and happier for everyone, by ending pollution in our oceans, land, and forest. I believe famine and poverty can be conquered and erased off the face of this earth. I believe everyone that wants an education should be able to accomplish that desire without charge, but to use that education to work toward a better world. I believe every person should worship their religion without fear and not be judged negatively. I believe a person should have the right to love whom they wish, just as long, as it is of mutual consent.

Dr. King, I believe you were a good man, and the gossip about your personal life was just that, worthless gossip, your opinions brought inspiration into our hearts and the thoughts you shared with the world will go on for generation after generation. You will live on in each new baby born and from that, Leaders will quote your wise truisms because, good will never die and the truth will lead us to freedom! I want to thank you for helping me to decide I want my life to be meaningful and not fall to the temptations of the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties with baseless race hatred, but to flourish knowing each of us deserve the very best in good neighborhoods, churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. We are Americans first, and each race is just as important as the other; knowing that we are Ambassadors as we leave our homes and go out into our America!