An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

When asked What are your dreams? the common answer usually refers to achieving success, landing the job, building a name for oneself, etc. For Dr. King, it meant setting people free of racial boundaries.

With all of the 24/7 access to content, stories, and TV, Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to stand out and grab my attention. He inspired a nation that proved our dreams can make a difference, that people can change, and there is hope for a cultural conscious shift.

What makes Martin Luther King, Jr. an extraordinary individual was his respect for humanity. His love and commitment to people and goodness inspired a nation. He valued the importance of building good character and not being silent to the things that matter or to those that need our help. While his greatest words given to man, “I hope for one day where people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” are taught in schools throughout the nation, unfortunately, we still see remnants of prejudices and racism. We have to do more than teach, we need to live out his ideals through action and set the example. For those who honor Dr. King and his fight to take down racial boundaries, let us continue Dr. King’s dream by following our  own dreams that set out to make a difference in the lives around us. Let us truly become part of the dream Dr. King hoped for – to serve humanity.

I have a dream. I dream that one day all people will respect humanity through service, love, and action.

In today’s society, it seems the general poplace cares more about getting fame, money, sex, and is not convicted when abusing their freedom to do or say whatever they want, especially when it hurts others. While there are true leaders that stand out and inspire us to live differently, to live with boldness for the greater good, sadly our nation is overridden by a “me” generation where living for today only matters. We can change that. I am hopeful.

If you choose to be different from the popular consensus, then live for tomorrow and live for the future, but today – do something about it. Today, fight for the dream. Do you have a dream to one day change the world? Tell us. We’re here with you. Share your thoughts below.