Today, tens of thousands of people are gathering in Washington, D.C. and in cities and towns across our nation to rally for comprehensive and meaningful immigration reform. I have been asked to give the Invocation at one of the rallies which is taking place in a neighboring community. As I thought about what I might say to those who are gathered who come from multiple backgrounds and many countries, this is what I wrote:
Today is a day for dreaming.
And for Dreamers.
And maybe even for dreams come true.
So, maybe today is also a day to borrow the words of another.
Powerful words first spoken long ago, but meant, also, for a moment like this and a day like today. So, let us begin with this…
I have a dream.
I have a dream of the day when individuals and families will no longer have to live in the shadows or to live in fear. I have a dream.
I have a dream of the day when all our children will have the freedom to pursue all the educational opportunities to which they aspire. I have a dream today.
I have a dream of the day when those who work hard and who spend their time and energy to pursue the American dream will live as full and welcomed members of our communities and our country. I have a dream.
I have a dream that one day we will all learn to live together as neighbors and not as strangers with each of us and all of us doing our part to make our families stronger and our neighborhoods safer and our country better.
I have a dream today.