As you read the headline I’m sure you questioned what relevance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr serves to the discussion of severe or untreated mental health. Rarely do we ever hear people emphasize the importance of following the example of Dr. King in our “fight” against society’s lack of knowledge about severe and untreated mental illness. But Dr. King embodied so many sophisticated qualities that add such a rich tapestry of cultural legacy and inheritance to my own life and society in general.
As I review his “I Have A Dream” speech, I see many qualities that can aid caregivers, families, friends, and professionals during our quest to help the helpless:
It appears that in some states we have made progress in bringing national attention to a much needed discussion on mental health treatment and reform. There are still miles to travel, but allow the wise words of Dr. King to encourage you for the challenges ahead:
…We have…come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963).
Celebrate this brilliant leader!
National Archives. (n.d.). I Have A Dream speech. Retrieved January 19, 2013, from http://www.archives.gov/.
YouTube. (n.d.). Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream speech. [Video file]. Retrieved January 19, 2013 from, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdTpU5WZHHM.
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