Anabel's Dream, watercolor by Anabel Russo @2021 All Rights Reserved by the Artist.

 

A world I dream where black or white,

Whatever race you be,

Will share the bounties of the earth

And every man is free.

 

--Langston Hughes, “I Dream a World” 

 

 

  Six years ago, I attended an interfaith prayer breakfast with religious and civic leaders representing diverse political and religious affiliations honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  Speakers at the 35th annual MLK Triangle Interfaith Prayer breakfast called for a more just and equitable society. In retrospect, reporting on the event for my blog, the tragedies that have befallen the country from an international pandemic that has made gathering in person for events like this impossible to systemic violence that leaders at the event decried seemed both prescient and unimaginable. As the nation pauses to remember Martin Luther King’s dream for a tolerant land, the poetry, prayers, and speeches calling for peace, fairness, and freedom are more urgent than ever before.