MLK and MK: Determined to Dream

01-19-2015 10:01 AM

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in history.

I read the words of King’s, I Have a Dream speech, to soak in all the day represents.

This Christian minister grew up amongst segregation, discrimination and poverty. Yet he dreamed of a world where all God’s children would have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness no matter their skin color.

He gave the speech, Aug. 28, 1963.

Just 16 days later, Mary Kay Ash embarked on a similar dream.

I couldn't help but notice the similarities between these two great leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mary Kay Ash.

Mary Kay spent 25 years in a business world dominated by men. Too many times, she’d seen women be passed up for promotions simply because they were female. So passionately, she created a company where women could fully use their talents and skills. A company where women’s ideas would be respected. A company that welcomed everyone – especially women!

I admire both of these great leaders and how their faith led them to make big changes in the world. They both believed God created every individual with equal worth and value. They believed in the Golden Rule and stood up for their beliefs in a world that didn't necessarily agree.

Do you know that within your power lies every step you ever dreamed of stepping, and within your power lies every joy you ever dreamed of seeing? Within yourself lies everything you ever dreamed of being. Become everything that God wants you to be. It is within your reach. Dare to grow into your dreams and claim this as your motto: Let it be me.

Mary Kay Ash