By Chuck Gibson (With special thanks to Michael Sharpe and the Sharpe Family) 

LOVELAND, OH (January 15,2024) – History tells us about a great man who shared his dream of a truly free and equal nation where all people of all races and ethnicities would live together, stand side-by-side and live equally.  

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Historic Archive Photo)

History also tells us Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet – his life cut too short. His words, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech live on. Those words are more than just words to the black people living here in America, still striving to find that promised land Dr. King spoke of, they are a powerful inspiration and reminder for them of a dream still unrealized

I have a friend who lives every single day with the reality of being a black man in America. Michael Sharpe is a respected attorney in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He was raised by well-educated parents in a suburb of Detroit known as Grosse Pointe. He and his siblings learned the value of education, and respect from his parents. The Sharpe family also learned to be vigilant about remaining safe in a world where being black brings undue injustices.

“There is not a day that goes by when I am not reminded that I am a black man in America,” said Sharpe. “We still have a long way to go.”

Martin Luther King Jr. addressing an audience in the 1960’s (File photo)

I consider it a privilege to count Michael Sharpe as a friend and to listen to his personal accounts of life as a black man. We don’t always share stories of the difficulties of our troubled society. It has been a pleasure to learn of Michael’s younger brother, Reggie Sharpe who is a practicing surgeon and resides in the community of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Reggie Sr. has a son, Reggie Jr. who is an accomplished athlete and student. We talk a lot about the on-field exploits of Mike’s nephew young Reggie Jr.

While young Reggie has given the Sharpe family plenty of which to be proud with his athletic exploits – especially on the baseball diamond, he has given them great reason to be proud of his maturity and understanding of history. Today, as we pause to remember, honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Sharpe family has given me permission to share this recording of then 7 year old, first grade student of Grosse Pointe Academy Reginald Sharpe Jr.  It is a powerful recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but this is delivered by 7 year old Reginald (Reggie) Sharpe Jr. 

Including introduction, run time is only 5 minutes. Watch and listen to this tribute  to a great man in the history of our nation. With thanks to Michael Sharpe and all the Sharpe family – especially young Reggie who is soon to be 18 years old. 

CLICK HERE to view and hear Reginald Sharpe’s recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s.

“I Have A Dream” speech.