I Have a Dream

Photo 57 (2)He was a son, husband and father. He was also a minister, humanitarian and a leader in the Black American Civil rights movement.

He, and other activists, dealt with dangerous situations, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had the power to move people to want more. He had the courage to speak up for equality and justice, and he had the audacity to dream big.

Each year we remember him, and this year’s official holiday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be observed Monday, January 18th.

I became aware of Dr. King’s work as a young child in elementary school. Images of U.S. Presidents were hung high in my classrooms, and it wasn’t unusual to see various inventors and civil rights leaders on the walls as well.

During American History class I learned about the accomplishments of Dr. King. His “I have a dream” speech spoke clearly about a man determined to make a difference in this world by courageously leading others in the fight for freedom, justice and equality.

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever challenges you currently face – life’s difficulties, relationship challenges, questionable finances or job search uncertainties – never give up. Be determined to succeed. Dream big!

All job seekers strive for the same opportunities and fair chances at equal employment. I find myself reflecting back on Dr. King’s speech when working with job seekers. We all face disappointment in life, and it’s never easy to accept.

If you’re out of work and looking for your next job opportunity, be determined to succeed. Whether it’s touching up a resume, writing a cover letter or attending a free job search seminar, make sure you meet an employer’s needs/qualifications and then set forth to prove that you have what it takes to succeed.

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Video (17:28), “I Have a Dream,” delivered August 28, 1963 (full speech) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yP4aLyq1g

Text / Audio “I Have a Dream”
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.

2 Responses to “I Have a Dream”


  1. 1 Richard Prather February 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hello Ms. Frieda. I wanted to add… just how inspiring this quote is to me and I am sure to many others. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King, Jr. We often times become jaded, tired and fed-up with the process of looking for work. We need to remember we all have that extra “umph” to get us to the next level. As a former Employment Counselor, I could have used this quote a 1,000 times! Thank you for sharing. Your words were heard and felt 🙂

    Best of Days,
    Richard Prather


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