Prathia Hall had always been a dreamer, and faith played a huge role in her vision. Her father was a Southern preacher, and she believed she was cherished and loved by God. But it wasn’t always that easy.
Hall lived a protected life, focused on her studies, and developed herself as a leader and a powerful orator. Nevertheless, for all her education and training, racism still found its way into her world at a young age. In response, she was inspired.
As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights movement, and by the time she finished college was well established as a theologian and an activist.
Then came an event so horrible that it tested her very being.
The Ku Klux Klan burned a Black church to the ground, and activists and community members gathered to speak and call for action. Hall was asked to pray. Overcome by emotion, she kept repeating one phrase: “I have a dream.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. was in the crowd, and her words inspired him. From that point on he would use those words to undergird his sermons. Never forget our words are powerful - and we never know who we may inspire!
We must continue to boldly make our dreams of liberation and equality a reality!