Do You Have a Dream?

Today our country recognizes and remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. Please take eight minutes to watch this clip from his “I have a dream” speech of August 28, 1963.

Do you have a dream that is bigger than yourself? What is it?

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  2. CL on January 18, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    >Thank you for reminding me to watch this amazing video and listen to his awesome words.
    My dream for this country is an end to guns, or at least that guns could no longer fall into the hands of lunatics.

  3. Keis on January 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    >I started writing a young adult fiction novel, The Book of Haziel, almost two years ago now with my teenage (junior in high school) daughter and we completed it last year. Neither of us are strong writers so it wasn’t something either of us were planning on doing, the storyline just unfolded before us like wildfire. So much that we planned to create a series. At first we pursued getting our completed book edited and published. We learned so much along the way and made amazing contacts who both inspired and enlightened us. However, we are now realizing that the dream come true is that it brought us closer together during a tough time my daughter was going through, as well as got us exploring our faith in a whole new way – together. Realizing more than ever that God always meets us right where we are. The book explores a special relationship that the mother and daughter have with their guardian angels which allows them to help others find their God given talents. Since writing the book I can’t remember a time in my life that I have ever felt closer to God. Now that…is a dream come true.

  4. Rosemary Mcknight Fritts on January 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM


  5. Rosemary Mcknight Fritts on January 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    >I have a dream to be heard, writing a blog can be amazing and is but, when you send it out there and never hear if it makes a difference to anyone in the listening world….I want to climb on that mountain top and yell…I HAVE A VOICE TOO!!!!!!!

  6. Rita Monette, Writer on January 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    >I have a dream that people will no longer be classified by race.

    Racism festers within all races because they only see "differences." They tend to want to belong to a certain group that they can identify with.

    That, I believe was the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, when he coined the phrase "All God's Children." Equality will never happen until we can see that we all are more alike than we are different.

    We clung together as Americans, and nothing more, during and after the attack of 911. Why can't that attitude prevail?

    My dream is that one day, it will.

  7. Sharon A. Lavy on January 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    >This man is/was inspiring.

  8. D.L. Diener on January 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    >My dream is to help women, to the best of my ability (hopefully God-powered) to understand their value and beauty. If every woman truly understood her worth, the world would be a very different place.

  9. Stephonavich on January 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    >In honor of his birthday, I was going to read one of the five books he wrote. His dream is definitely worth reading about.

  10. kateve1027 on January 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    >I want to raise my daughter in the lord to be humble,honest and to love everyone. And hopefully God heals her pain that her father has caused her. But for myself I would love for my book to get published.

  11. Anonymous on January 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    >I hope that our leaders will stop their rivalry and work together for the good of all people, no matter their race, religion, or politics.
    ps/I also want to find an awesome agent and sell my book this year!

  12. chris on January 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    >Like most writers, I want my voice to be heard. I have a huge dream that through my books and articles, people will learn more about animals – stopping puppy mills, positive dog training methods, adoption, etc. As word spreads of my book, I am holding fast to this dream despite the hardships I must endure to get there.

  13. Anne Lang Bundy on January 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    >What a GREAT question, Rachelle!

    I have a dream that one day, those with faith in Jesus will be united, our schisms healed.

  14. nutschell on January 17, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    >“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman

    Today is a wonderful day– not only to dream, but work on fulfilling our dreams.

  15. Libby Ann S. on January 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    >My dream is to give a voice to those who otherwise would not be heard. That's why I went into journalism.

    And of course to get published (outside of newspapers that is). To share my stories with others.

  16. Lindsay Cummings on January 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    >I have a dream to be one of the few 19 year old published YA scifi authors out there!
    Also, to spread God's word through this work if it ever happens!
    God bless MLK!

  17. Marla Taviano on January 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    >We're helping friends of ours plant a multi-racial, multi-ethnic church here in Columbus, OH. So thankful and inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    My dream is to raise our three daughters (10, 8, 5) to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to have God's heart for the poor and oppressed in our city and around the globe.

    Practically speaking, I dream of two book contracts this year, a.k.a., enough money for all 5 of us to take a mission trip to Cambodia.

  18. Rick Barry on January 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    >This question circles back to the age-old question concerning humanity's purpose for even existing: To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

    Although as a writer my creations are considered "my" stories, in the larger scheme of this enormous universe I'm excited to be a small, yet loved, part of HIS story.

  19. Jaime on January 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    >My dream is to make the best cup of coffee ever and then drink it. 🙂 Ok – that was shallow, but not altogether untrue.
    My ultimate dream is to live a life that is worthy of Jesus Christ – I'll only be able to do THAT with His strength, but I've no doubt He will provide it.

  20. Michelle DeRusha on January 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    >My dream is to love God with all my heart, soul and strength. I'm not there yet. Some days, yes…but not always. With his grace, it will happen.

  21. Sean on January 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    >As with many of the others here, my dream is to become published. Not just to save lives, but to be able to order something that isn't on the dollar menu sometime soon as well.

  22. T. Anne on January 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    >I'm going to have my children watch this today. Thank you for putting it up.

    My dreams are surrendered to the Lord. I hope to be a good vessel for His purposes. It's nice to know that they lie with one I can trust.

  23. Jessica Nelson on January 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    >That gave me chills. So incredible and I hope more true now than it was then. Wow!!!

  24. David A. Todd on January 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    >I have no computer to play the speech, but I've heard it many times. My problem is my dreams are too big, and too many. I've spent a lot of my time dreaming of greatness and not doing the things greatness requires. Every night I fall asleep dreaming about greatness in some area of my life. Unfortunately the dreaming gets worse when I start doing. The doing leads to dreaming, which then leads to less doing. I'm having a difficult time breaking the cycle.

  25. Rosemary Gemmell on January 17, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    >An amazing man. My dream is to see my son and daughter happily married. And to live the life God planned for me.

    One of my favourite quotes is: 'We have the power to shrink our dreams to fit reality, or the power to stretch our reality to fit our dreams'. (Anon)

  26. Florence on January 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    >As a card carrying ex-hippie, transplanted single mother and grandmother I still hold the same dream as I did back when.

    When the "dream deferred" seemed possible and we all believed in magic and Camelot, when poets sat in coffee houses in The Village and we thought we would never get old.

    Well I did get older and I am not sure if I also got wiser.

    I still dream of a world where my kids and grandkids won't have to learn about war, violence, or senseless events as we saw last week … I hold that in my heart no matter what my head tells me. And pray I live long enough that their generation can finally realize … "the dream deferred."

    RIP Martin. Thanks for this.

  27. Beth on January 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    >Reminds me of a book I just purchased called 'The Productive Writer.' I like the exercise where you create your Writing Paradise x 4. Achieve your dreams by starting out with dreams that are over the top. It's okay to shoot for the moon.

  28. Judy on January 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    >Truly one of the most amazing and deeply moving speeches ever voiced. Every student should learn and memorize it (parts of it, anyway). My dream is that more individuals could actually live and thrive in the world that MLK envisioned. The recording is so powerful – thanks for posting!

  29. Wendy Paine Miller on January 17, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    >Without meaning to sound to Lord of the Ringsish, I dream of the return of the King. I dream of holding my books in my hands, laughing and dancing with my girls on their wedding days, holding their children, making my words and my life count and releasing it all to that returning King.

    ~ Wendy

  30. Catherine West on January 17, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    >I thank God that MLK had that dream, that he followed it, and people listened. God used him mightily. Sadly, there is still much work to be done around the world to fulfill that dream. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all commit to making it happen in our own communities and towns.
    My dream is to find a place of worship that we 'fit' in – but I fear that dream is way bigger than myself and out of reach – unless we go live someplace else!!

  31. Bobbi on January 17, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    >The dream of getting my book published. It's an awful truth 'parental alienation' that has destroyed my hub and his daughter. It is about divorce, and its impact on children… and why the Word of God instructs against it. It's the biggest and most hurtful lesson I've learned in life… Gracie's Diary… into a real-live published book. That is my dream.

  32. Tabitha Bird on January 17, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    >Yes. That those who are lost inside themselves, inside the darkness of abuse, past or present, would find the arms of a loving God.

  33. Lunar Hine on January 17, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    >I have a dream that I will leave this world glad to have borne me. That is all; that is everything.

  34. MacDougal Street Baby on January 17, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    >I used to put myself to sleep dreaming of a pink plush room I could call my very own. Now my dream consists of getting through the day without inflicting emotional scars on my children.

  35. Katie Ganshert on January 17, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    >Love that guy. How inspiring.

  36. Nicole on January 17, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    >My dream for as long as I could remember is to be a published author! I've loved telling stories before I even knew how to read!

  37. Anita Mae Draper on January 17, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    >3 yrs ago I had a dream to share my church with the world. I took an html course and dove into the world of building a website. When I got bogged down in the language, I prayed and was given the answer. I have no doubts of my mission even though I've battled the enemy while trying to keep the blog and website current.

    We have evidence the Word is getting out. But it's hard.

    Ten yrs ago, 20 people attended our little country church, half of them kids. Now we avg 40. The numbers aren't big, but we're growing and don't include our virtual guests.

    My dream is to develop this site far beyond my capabilities by adding podcasts and music, on-line prayer partners who are always ready to chat, and finally… finally … be the first Christian Radio station in the province.

    It's almost overwhelming, but I know He's holding my hand.

  38. Transparent Mama on January 17, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    >I have a dream to raise my four sons to be strong, humble, mighty men of God.

    I have a dream be part of providing sanctuary to children who are victims of trafficking.

  39. Beth K. Vogt on January 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    >I have a dream to break free from a past bound by lies and to live a life of honesty–one that points others to the God of reconciliation and love. I have a dream to continue to build loving family relationships with my children, so they will know you can always come home again.

  40. Aimee L Salter on January 17, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    >I have a dream to be an honest, open, adult voice to teen readers. Someone able and willing to tell them the truth about the world and their lives. And more importantly, God.

  41. Angie on January 17, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    >My dream is to raise my children to grow into great followers of God, standing for His will, His compassion on the poor and weak, and becoming the hands and feet of Christ for future generations.
    I plan on showing my children MLK's video on Monday. I hope they too, will have the courage and conviction to move society the way Martin Luther King Jr. did on August 28, 1963.