Marcus David Mason
, age 5
, of Birmingham, Alabama
, was excited. Tomorrow is
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Brandon and Matthew
said there will be a big
celebration in honor of Dr. King.
drifted off to sleep, suddenly, a magic carpet appeared.
"Hop on," the magic carpet said. "We've got a tour planned just for you."
could blink, the magic carpet sailed away.
"I have a dream..." boomed a loud voice. Marcus
could see a big crowd of people
listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Welcome to Dreamland," said the carpet as it glided to a landing.
"This is a place for people who want their dreams to come true," it explained. "Dr. King
worked hard to make dreams come true for all people. He received the Nobel Peace
Prize for his work with the Civil Rights Movement."
"Wow! This place is great. I wish Brandon and Matthew
could be here," thought
as the carpet raced away.
"Next stop, George Washington Carver's Dreamland Laboratory," the magic carpet
saw a man surrounded by people, plants, and scientific equipment.
"George Washington Carver spent his whole life studying plants," the magic carpet
went on. "His discoveries helped farmers grow better crops. Peanuts were his specialty,
and he discovered many uses for them."
was amazed. All these famous people right before his eyes.
"Where do we go next?" Marcus
asked the talking carpet.
"Next stop, Mary McLeod Bethune Dreamland School," said the carpet. "Dreamland
boys and girls have all sorts of dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. This
is where they learn one very important Dreamland rule. You have to work had and try
your very best."
"This is cool," Marcus
"Welcome to Dreamland School," Mrs. Bethune greeted Marcus
. "I was a teacher and
started a school in Florida for black girls. Today, that school is the Bethune-Cookman
College. I always believed self-respect, self-reliance and self-pride could make dreams
come true. And that's what I teach my Dreamland students. Do you have a dream,
could answer, the carpet was moving again.
"On your right is the Thurgood Marshall Dreamland City Center," the carpet pointed
out. "President Lyndon Johnson chose Thurgood Marshall to be a Supreme Court Judge."
saw a town square with big granite buildings.
"Look, there's Judge Marshall now," said the carpet as it slowly floated to a stop.
," Judge Marshall said in a friendly voice. "This is where we teach
people to vote, to obey the laws of the land, and to be fair. As a judge on the Supreme
Court, I have always been committed to fairness."
was having a lot of fun and wished that Brandon and Matthew
could be in
, it's time for the 'I Have a Dream Parade.' And this year, you get to be
the leader!" said the magic carpet.
The next thing Marcus
knew, the alarm clock rang and a familiar voice asked, "Did you
forget the Martin Luther King celebration is today?"
thought. "I can't wait to tell Brandon and Matthew
about my exciting
adventure in Dreamland."