"I have a dream..."
Our destinies are tied together. My freedom is inextricably connected to your freedom and the freedom of others. We do not walk this earth alone. So said Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 at the March on Washington. In his "I Have a Dream..." speech, Dr. King, drawing heavily on the biblical principals of justice, faith, and freedom, called on America to continue the struggle for civil rights with dignity, discipline, and non-violence. Most famously, he said that he dreamed of a nation where his children would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
As the board of The Foundry seeks to market the school, strategically plan for the future, and foster our school culture, "content of character," as spoken about by Dr. King, is so important to us. Students of The Foundry are not judged by their race, religion, or socio-economic background. They are accepted into our student body based on the content of their character. Are they kind? Will they work hard? Are they willing to self-evaluate and grow? Do they treat others as they want to be treated? Will they respect those who are different? Is justice important to them? Will they stand up for someone else? Will they do the right thing, even when no one is looking? Do they want to change the world?
None of us is perfect. Dr. King wasn't perfect. Character isn't being perfect. Character is taking steps to become better. Character is recognizing that, despite our differences, we're all in this together -- and believing that together we can change the world.
Tomorrow is the day our nation has set aside to honor one of the most important civil rights leaders the world has ever known. It's not just another day off school or work. It's not a time to cash in on the sales on mattresses, cars, and a plethora of other consumer items. After President Reagan signed the legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, he gave a speech, calling Dr. King an inspiration to all Americans, regardless of skin color, and asking them to honor him by standing firm for our principles and striving to better ourselves and our country. This holiday is such a great opportunity for each of us to look inside ourselves and ask, "What am I doing today to make the world a better place?"