Refreshing Martin Luther King’s Dream

Did Howard at least have any good dreams about possibly playing tonight?

“Maybe. I had a dream that one day…” Howard said, trailing off as he struggled reciting Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech.

– Via Dwight Howard game-time decision vs. Sacramento

Yeah, this is pretty awful. Tom Ziller said it best on the Twitter, this is “THE WORST”. Nothing like vaguely, pathetically recalling one of the great speeches in human history to ruminate on whether you’ll play in a basketball game. For clarity’s sake, Martin Luther King’s speech was directed at the segregated lunch counters, restrooms, theaters, hotels and lives of America.

But if that’s too much for Dwight to remember, he should at least know this situation would have impacted his basketball life had he played at the time. Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Lenny Wilkens, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Wilt Chamberlain and so many other players of the time took to their own forms of protests over the racism running rampant in the United States of the time. The black players would suffer the inhumanity of being denied food service unless they agreed to having it as carry-out or would only be served if they were accompanied by their white teammates.

The aforementioned Cousy and several other white players coalesced with their black brethren to protest such ludicrous behavior. This of course is the Dream of Martin Luther King. Where black and white, Jew and gentile, protestant and catholic could and would band together to fight any injustice knowing that once injustice is allowed and accepted it spreads like cancer throughout society.

So, I leave you with King’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 as he tried to get America to live up to its promissory note on freedom and justice for all, a century after emancipation of enslaved people and a century-and-a-half after declaring all men are created equal.

On par with that speech is King’s searing assault on the Vietnam War. Consider it a bonus dose of wisdom for the day…

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