Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Out of the many things Dr. King said, this caught my attention.

Growing up in the church, I was always taught to love thy neighbor as thyself and to look beyond physical appearances. Going into high school, I was a very quiet person and tried my best to stay out of the way. I constantly battled with my insecurities and believed that no matter what I did, I wouldn’t make a difference. Thanks to my family, friends and early teachings in church, I’ve grown to love who I am and will continue the cycle by encouraging others to do the same.

As a community, it is important to put our differences aside and come together as one. With so many shootings and premature deaths, we can’t continue to turn our backs on one another. This is a very crucial time for our city and we need to act fast. As an active member of Black Student Union and Students Advocating Female Equality, my goal is to focus on the unity of our community and to raise awareness for equal opportunities. Those organizations allow me to spread positivity among Danville High School and build stronger bonds with my peers. Wanting to do more, I decided to start volunteering with the youth where I learn something new every day.

Once, I experienced a case with a little boy who was pretty out of control. He never listened to adults and there was always a problem with him and the other children. One day he was upset, so I sat him down to have a conversation with me. It turned out this boy had some family issues back at home that had greatly affected him. The reasoning behind his actions was because of the environment he was put in. That was the day I realized that everything is not how they seem. We can be so quick to make assumptions about one another yet have no idea what the person is going through. We have to realize that we need each other to prosper and make a difference in this world.

Although it may seem like we have a long way to go, I am certain that God’s plans for this community will come into play. We all have to come together as brothers and sisters and to love one another. We all have the potential to be something great. I guess sometime along the way, Dr. King’s dream has somehow become my dream; and just like him I would strive through obstacles to make our dream a reality.

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