Any good vision has multiple perspectives or points of view. I am writing to give you the youth outlook on the Dream Reset, which took place Jan. 15 at Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church in Hitchcock.

We are nearing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. What was Dr. King’s dream 50 years ago? Dr. King gave the speech titled “Beyond Vietnam” at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, one year to the day of his death. In this speech, Dr. King made a deafening and still relevant call to action. He called for the nation’s need of a radical revolution of values.

He said, “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered” and that “we need to shift from a thing- oriented society to a person-oriented society.”

This could not be truer than it is today.

Today, we live in a society that puts so much value on materialistic things. The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time, but so many people cannot be happy because they don’t feel that their status is high enough. They feel as if they will always need more. We need to stop caring for things and start caring for people. Once we make that shift, we are on the right track.

What’s the vision for the next 50 years? What do you want for your children or grandchildren? What do I want for myself? What do I envision the world to look like in two decades?

I see a world that’s eliminating poverty, eliminating war and eliminating racism.

How are we going to do it?

As a member of the youth, we look to our elders as guiding lights in fights and movements like this. In the 1960s, there were even young people joining the movements because they were tired of how they were living and being mistreated. I believe the next steps in 2018 lie with us also. I believe we have lost our sense of community. I think the first step is regaining the love and care for each other. Like Dr. King, I want to send you off with a call to action. I challenge the youth today to find one elder person in your community or in your home and just talk to them. Bridge the gap between the generations. Learn from their experience and build on their foundation.

Joseph Collins lives in Hitchcock.

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Dwight Joseph

I am 56 years old. This young kids are very disrespectful . But I speak up. I am not afraid to speak my mind. Mother please teach your kids to respect their elder.

Doyle Beard

Dwight I agree but if you really want to know disrespect get in your car an drive awhile. The real truth comes out in many when they get behind the wheel. Young kids see all this plus up bringing all adds up. How about a little courteosy by adults and I bet it will trickle down.

Steve Fouga

I'm always pleased and encouraged when I see young folks articulating useful ideas in a public forum, especially ideas as inspiring and well-delivered as these.

Our future needs smart, energetic leaders willing to speak their minds. i have no doubt we'll be hearing from Mr. Collins again. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

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