Words are powerful.
No matter what they say about sticks and stones, words have the power to crush a spirit or damage a soul.
Words also have the power to motivate an entire country to change for the better. Our words can endure long beyond our fleeting years on Earth and inspire generations to come.
Many may not have been alive to witness news coverage of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, but we challenge you to find even a handful of people who would not be able to identify the man whose booming voice shouted “I have a dream ...” to 250,000 gathered near the Lincoln Memorial.
It’s been 50 years today since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered that iconic speech, which for many has been called the defining moment of the civil rights movement in America.
Dr. King’s dream lives on, though he was murdered 45 years ago.
“Dr. King had the power, the ability and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized,” said civil rights leader John Lewis, now a member of Congress from Alabama. “By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”
Lewis spoke that day, too, as did 16 other leaders of the civil rights movement to show support for legislation proposed by the Kennedy administration that June.
But not one had the impact of Dr. King’s speech, which many historians believed was mostly ad-libbed.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”
On this anniversary many pundits will ask the question, did Dr. King’s dream come true? Would Dr. King be astonished at how far this nation has come?
Would Dr. King say there was work to be done to eliminate racism and sexism and bigotry? Would Dr. King challenge instances of profiling, institutional racism and injustice?
That day, Dr. King said, “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
There is work to be done. Dr. King’s dream lives on because there are people rolling up their sleeves each and every day, dedicating their lives to building bridges and fostering love and respect for all of mankind.
The work won’t be done until 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!’”
Words are powerful.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
Funds donated to United Way make community healthier, happier, safer place
A dollar you give to the United Way of Marion County could feed a hungry family.
That dollar could protect a woman and her children from an abuser.
Or the dollar could mean that a family receives credit counseling to lift them out of overwhelming debt.
It could fund Scouting programs, where boys and girls learn lifelong lessons.
Project Launchpad puts critical concept of diversifying state economy into play
The case for diversifying the state of West Virginia’s economy is past the point of debate.
While it is our hope that coal can continue to have a role in our nation’s power-generating matrix, we’ve learned our lesson about over-dependence on a single industry. Particularly being overly dependent on an industry that, in the eyes of federal regulators, is out of fashion.
Legal concealed carry and open government must both be preserved
We’re a strong supporter of the right of West Virginians to legally and responsibly own and use firearms.
That includes the ability to obtain a state license to carry a concealed deadly weapon (pistols or revolvers). That process involves applying to the county sheriff, paying a $75 fee and completing an application, as prepared by the superintendent of the West Virginia State Police, in writing.
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