By Anastasia Gentry, student news writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “Thank you for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all those who have gone on before us, whose dreams and nightmares have given birth to new opportunities for us today,” Dr. Lewis Brogdon, a visiting professor at Campbellsville University, said at Campbellsville University’s chapel service Jan. 20.
Brogdon is teaching The Life and Theology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Campbellsville University during the spring semester on Tuesday evenings.
At chapel, Brogdon read from Genesis 37:5-8 that says how Joseph had a dream, but when he told his brothers about the dream, they hated him more than ever. They hated Joseph because of the dream he had, and the way he talked about them.
As he is talking about Joseph, he tries to compare Joseph to King because they were once dreamers, and everyone hated them.
“Don’t be afraid of me, am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people,” he said.
Brogdon said, “The ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ is one of the most popular speeches in human history.”
“But we love to talk about Dr. King’s dream, but nobody likes to talk about how America made King’s dream a nightmare.”
King held on to this idea that there will be hope for tomorrow.
“I want you to apply yourself to your studies and to dream and be inspired to see a world that is better than the world we are living in,” Brogdon said. “That is why God called us to this world.”
“People hate dreamers but dream anyway,” Brogdon said.
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