Writer’s Name: Tyeisha Downer
Title: Thank God Almighty We Are Free at Last!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
These were the direct words from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He had vision of being able to be free from prejudice individuals and marched proudly while getting abused by Caucasians. Despite of the treatment he received, he practiced non-violence - the cost was losing a lot of our ancestors due to violence, mistreatment, and even jail time for being disobedient. What a pricy cost! But that was the price we had to pay in order to walk in unity with individuals in our everyday life. Sometimes it’s the simple things like freedom that we often take for granted. How soon do we forget what our ancestors endured to get us where we are today? People it’s time to take a stand and appreciate all that we have been truly blessed with because we are not measuring up to all of what our ancestors stood for. The cost of freedom caused us pain emotionally, physically, mentally, and even death in many cases. Our troops fight in war even until this very day and some of us take it for granted. Take some time to be grateful for all that we have. Appreciation and respect goes a long way and the cost of freedom is priceless.