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At Patrick Henry High School, we value and appreciate the presence of Hmong students in our community. This page will showcase staff and student work around Hmong language and culture.

Dr. Martin's Luther King's Dream and the Dream of the Hmong

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I AM HMONG

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream:
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, that the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."
- Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream Quote

For many long years the Hmong people have been dreaming. The Hmong have always dreamed about having a land of their own, but most important of all they have dreamed about being free, to live in a free country, and becoming more successful.

I respect and appreciate all of what General Vang Pao and our elders have done and suffered through to bring us to the land that we the Hmong now stand on and call our home. General Vang Pao as described by many, is our messiah, our prophet that has led us out of suffering to the land of opportunities.

Most importantly, like most people I am appreciative of my parents. My mother, my father, they are my heroes. They are one of the many who endured the long and dangerous march across to the Mekong River and some of the fortunate ones to come to America. Language is a barrier like many other Hmong families, but my parents never let this stop them from showing the support that have done for each and everyone of my siblings and me. I am the eldest of five children and I'm a Hmong woman. I am also fortunate enough to not have traditionally strict parents who are more favorable of the sons and restrict their daughters of an opportunity to achieve higher. Growing up I have never once heard my parents stop talking about the importance of getting an education. They would tell my siblings and me that if we don't pursue our education then it's a waste of their and our ancestor's suffering. The Hmong have waited long enough, so how long are we going to continue waiting? My mother will often lecture us that, "We did not come to America to see our children uneducated like we were, so you have to go to school, you need to go to college!" Getting a free education and receiving all these opportunities was a dream that my parents have always wanted, but because language becomes harder to learn at an older age and having to provide financially for the family, this was impossible.

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream and the Hmong had a dream. I'm a Hmong woman that decided to pursue a higher education not just for myself, but to also walk the dreams that my parents have always dreamt of. I chose to take the path utilizing all the opportunities and resources there are available to me to fulfill the reason why General Vang Pao and many Hmong soldiers fought so hard to bring us to this land. I am a part of the dream that the Hmong people have been dreaming for so long. For this I appreciate my educators,for making this dream possible for me and for all of our parents and ancestors who have been fighting for and waiting for this moment. I'm only one of the many Hmong students who are already pursuing or have pursued a higher education and I encourage those that are younger than me to to see this dream and help make it a reality for our people. Most important of all make it a reality so that we no longer have to suffer like our ancestors have before, to live the way they have always dreamed of living, to live their dream and be successful. We (our generation) are the hopes and dream of the Hmong.