The Dream

IMAG1321The group I am attending the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with read the book, “The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Speech That Inspired a Nation” by author Drew D. Hansen, a Seattle attorney. In his book, Mr. Hansen “explores the fascinating and little-known history of King’s legendary address.” I was particularly captivated by how Martin Luther King endured such a grueling process to write the speech. There were certain advisers he consulted, previous speeches, sermons, and of course scriptures he drew from. Who knew that the I Have a Dream speech Martin Luther King ultimately delivered was different from the one he prepared? Hansen’s book explains all this and takes the reader on a journey through the composition,language, sources, and delivery of his great speech. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. You can purchase The Dream by Drew D. Hansen through Amazon.com. I am excited to meet the man who wrote this powerful and informative book.

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Gregory Davis is a dreamer. He believes that the Rainier Beach neighborhood is a great place, with many positive attributes. He believes by improving the schools, community safety, relationships with young people, and strengthening ties to local area businesses Rainier Beach will be able to move forward in becoming a stronger community. To that end, his organization, The Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition has sponsored an annual Back to School Bash event that seeks to provide free back packs to local school age children. Today marked the tenth year of the BTSB (Back to School Bash). We were at Beer Sheva Park, where we provided approximately five hundred students with free backpacks and school supplies. In addition to the backpack giveway, there were more than twenty local vendors who sponsored resources table with information about positive activities going on in the Rainer Beach community. There were people of several different ethnic backgrounds in attendance, and all had a great time together. Surely, Mr. Davis is doing his part to keep the dream alive. I salute Gregory Davis and Rainier Beach Coalition for a job well done.

To find out more about the Rainer Beach Community Empowerment Coalition follow this link:
http://www.rbcoalition.org

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