On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. He spoke aloud his vision of a world where people could walk hand-in-hand with each other in peace and harmony regardless of the race, where people would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Two years later, the Civil Rights Act was passed, banning segregation and Jim Crow laws that had prevented such a world from existing.
Nearly 30 years later, on Aug. 31, 1992, Garth Brooks released his song, “We Shall Be Free.” He sang aloud his vision of a world where people could truly be free, where people could marry who they loved, where people would not want food, clothing, or shelter, and where people could freely express their views without fear of persecution or suppression. While not directly related to MLK’s speech, his song does convey a similar sense of optimism of a better world and better future.
So what better way to honor MLK’s birthday than by sharing a song that shares his same bold vision? The following performance was from Garth Brook’s apperance on Muppets Tonight (a sorely underrated and short-lived show!). It’s a very fun performance, if not very moving. The song states a very bold message. A better world is possible. As the lyrics go, we simply need to have a little faith and walk proud—for we shall be free!