If Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, he'd have turned 84 last week. Today we commemorate his life with Martin Luther King Day.
King was a Baptist minister and leader in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He preached nonviolent resistance to racially discriminatory laws including those referred to as "Jim Crow" laws and amassed a following of millions of people. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
In 1963, King led the historic March on Washington — which drew an estimated attendance of between 200,000 and 300,000 people — demanding an end to racial discrimination, pushing for civil rights legislation and calling for racial harmony. It was during that protest, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
The speech lasted nearly 20 minutes. The most famous part of it includes:
"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."
Has Dr. King's dream been realized? Have race relations in America improved to the point that King would be satisfied if he was alive today? Are we "post-racial?"
Comment below and discuss.