The Power of a Dream
January 25, 2008
Rev. Hurmond Hamilton was just a small boy sitting in a little, red rocking chair when the image of a man flashed across the television screen. The man was giving a speech and sharing his dream. Hamilton didn’t know it then, but the image he was watching was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his famous “I have a dream” speech. Young Hamilton was also unaware that this man and his vision would be the backdrop to his entire life.
Rev. Hamilton gave a moving speech to members of the Saint Anselm College community on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, in which he shared his own personal “Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Rev. Hamilton’s inspirational life story was heavily influenced by Dr. King and the power of integration which he experienced as a boy growing up in Louisiana.
Hamilton struggled as a child, both physically with his scarred face, and socially, by acting out in school. He soon combined the inspirational power of Dr. King with that of faith, and since that moment, his life has been on an “upward dreaming track.”
Hamilton’s inspirational story includes a remarkable turn-around from a kid always in trouble to a person with real potential and the power to affect change. He won national essay contests and a trip to China. He went to college where he became student body president. He attended seminary and became the pastor of a Roxbury, Mass. parish.
His small parish combined their dreaming power and raised enough money to complete major renovations on the building. He is also the president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, which works across race and class to bring people together to fight for the good of the community.
And the inspiration for it all? That’s easy. Hamilton says, “With the backdrop of Martin Luther King, Jr., miracles can happen.” Dr. King’s actions as a backdrop fundamentally changed Hamilton’s life for the better. His parallel vision to that of Dr, King allowed him to achieve beyond what he thought possible.