The Dream Lives On at Laramie County Library System

“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Like the freedom he so ardently hoped would ring throughout every corner of our nation, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream rang out from the Lincoln Memorial to fill those listening with hope, inspiration, and courage. Though over fifty years have elapsed, MLK Jr.’s message has not been diluted by time or space; the dream he shared with an entire nation lives on today, in the hearts and minds of people from Wyoming to Washington D.C.

MLK Jr. has inspired generations of activists, poets, artists, humanitarians, historians, authors, and musicians, providing the basis for thousands of stories that fill the shelves of libraries in the form of novels, biographies, albums, poems, and more. For, in many ways, Martin Luther King Jr. was a storyteller; he told stories of the injustices faced by people of color, told stories of perseverance and bravery in the midst of overwhelming adversity, and told stories of a better tomorrow where everyone would have the chance to hear freedom ring true.

We here at Laramie County Library System want to continue in Martin Luther King Jr.’s effort to let freedom ring; we want his words to sweep across the open prairies of Wyoming and resonate in the hearts of those in our community. We want his stories and the stories he inspired to jump off our shelves and come to life in the way people treat each other and the world around them, in the way they stand up for the values that MLK Jr. fought for with his every speech, sermon, and march. We want his dream to live on.

For that reason, we are bringing his message directly to Cheyenne in the form of a presentation by Dr. Clayborne Carson, the leading expert on the renowned civil rights leader. On February 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center, he will present A Dedication to the Dream: Dr. Carson’s Pursuit of MLK’s Vision.

Having attended the 1963 March on Washington and listened firsthand to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s profound words, “I have a dream,” Dr. Clayborne Carson is uniquely positioned to teach about King’s works, beliefs, and impact. In 1985, Coretta Scott King provided Carson with all of MLK’s personal writings; he has since dedicated his life to the King Papers Project, the comprehensive collection of the civil rights leader’s sermons, speeches, letters, publications, and personal writings. Founder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and editor of numerous books on King’s life, Carson is considered the foremost scholar on Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to our celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., we are honoring Black History Month in February with a wide range of events that celebrate Black culture, history, ingenuity, and more.

Below are all of the ways you can participate in Laramie County Library System’s Black History Month Celebration and honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, a dream that lives on every day in every act of kindness, understanding, and strength.

He had a dream. The dream lives on.