I have a dream today. Today is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He would have been 78 years old today. He was shot in the throat on April 4th, 1968. I was four years old when he died. He is a hero to me for many reasons, but primarily because he understood, and tried to get others to understand, that we are all equally human. He fought peacefully and effectively against racism, and for civil rights for all Americans. I was brought up in a time and a place where racism was standard. Even the blacks that my family liked were referred to as niggers. I went to a private "christian" school until 6th grade, it was all white. My family moved while I was in 6th grade and I was faced with going to a public school for the first time. I remember how scared I was that there would be blacks there. I ended up being bullied on a daily basis by a white guy, until one day a black guy came to my aid, and became my first friend at that school. It was a big revelation to me, and was very important in forming the person I am now. I still heard plenty of racist remarks after that, and I've been called a nigger-lover on more than one occasion, but my friend William had given me insight that I would never lose. We are the HUMAN race, and we are all brothers and sisters in this, our family. There's plenty of information about Dr. King on the internet and in your local library. If you know little or nothing about him, take the opportunity to know more. He was a great man, and a wise man, and an avatar among us. To get you started, here is perhaps his most famous, and certainly one of his most moving speeches, given in 1968 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Here is the text of the speech, the MP3 file and the video below.