Dr. Martin Luther King is well known for his ‘I have a dream’ speech that contained memorable lines almost any American can quote. But there were thousands of other words spoken by Dr. King that should not be forgotten. We take one day a year to remember this man who sacrificed so much for so many people. He had a dream and he instilled in us all his hope that we too would have one.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy”. For wrongfully convicted inmates, the days of challenge and controversy most of the time define who they are. However, while Dr. King was an advocate for equal rights, it seems Mr. King could have also looking out for those who have been wrongfully convicted. Mr. King, over 50 years ago, had a dream and all who work to correct the injustices of wrongful conviction also have a dream.
We dream that the wrongfully imprisoned will be reunited with their families, friends, and lives that they were forced to leave behind for a variety of mishaps. We dream that one day innocent men will not find themselves behind bars and one day the work of innocence projects around the world will be unnecessary. And last but not lease, we dream that the gift of freedom will be granted to all who have been victimized by wrongful conviction and wrongful convictions will be a thing of the past.