Tell 'Em About the Dream

Sep 29

On August 27, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. found himself exhausted. King and his associates, were left scrambling to craft an appropriate text, just 12 hours before the tired preacher was to speak at the March on Washington. Entangled in the logistics of preparing for the event, as well as a series of disappointments and imprisonments, the writing of this particular speech had fallen by the wayside.

As Martin Luther King Jr. stepped to the podium the next day, his surging metaphors of unfulfilled promises and declarations against the existing oppression of the African American population in the United States, gave rise to a thundering crowd. As he neared his last few paragraphs, King could feel something wasn’t quite right. It seemed as though his exhaustion had started to seep through the message, which while strikingly ingenious and pertinent, lacked a certain fire the crowd and King had expected for such a spectacle. Seated to the side of the stage, King’s favorite gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, too felt unsatisfied and began to shout

"Tell ‘em about the Dream, Martin! Tell ‘em about the Dream!”

Clarence Benjamin Jones, King’s advisor and draft speechwriter, later wrote that in hearing this, King glanced over at Jackson and slid his notes to the side of the podium. King then looked to the crowd and began to speak extemporaneously, with a fervor Jones nor the 250,000 member audience had ever seen. He began with the declaration “I have a dream…”

At that moment, King was empowered by a colleague to give what is now considered the best speech of the entire 20th century. Jon Meacham wrote that “With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who’ve shaped modern America.”

Worn out, perhaps even burnt out, King had surrounded himself with people who knew his worth and had a common goal. Mahalia Jackson was a community member who recognized his potential, even when King had become confined within the context of his situation.

Relode was created to do the same for you; to provide the largest community of healthcare jobs. No one knows the potential of the healthcare industry as well as the technicians, physicians, and nurses who have made it their life’s work to care for people.

We are a community of professionals who notice what you do and encourage you to take that next step or next opportunity. We know it’s not just a job to you, it’s something that comes from a lot of hard work and a lot of preparation. Relode is here to remind you that when the logistics outweigh your career or even when they don’t, ‘Tell ‘em about the Dream.’

Alyssa McNally