On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King delivered the "I have a Dream" speech. Finally part of the dream is about to be realized. Every year we have made progress toward reaching the end of that dream. I don't believe we have yet reached total equality. We have come a long way, yet there are those who still would keep the African American down.
We take the time today to honor Dr. King on this his birthday. I am posting the video of his speech here, and on the page you can click through to here is the text and pictures of the march to the Lincoln Memorial, and other links to pages that will give you more information. It is worth a few minutes to look at it and see the wisdom this man had.
There are still those who scoff, still those who mock him, still those who use racial epithets, that's why I say his dream is not fully realized. We still have a ways to go.
In the election we saw something of that, in the numbers of people who wouldn't or didn't admit they were voting for PE Obama and then went to the voting booths and voted for him. Not because they were racist, but because they were afraid to admit they were voting for a black man for fear of someone they knew making fun of them.
So, yes we have a ways to go.
This is Ann Telnaes Cartoon from the Washington Post this morning. It is one of her best ever. It fits right in with today. It is worth looking at. It brought tears to my eyes.
Here is the link to American Rhetoric: Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream
Here is a link to the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" which was written April 16, 1963. It was thought by some of his followers that he had lost his mind when they got this. Later they realized how profound his words really were.
Here is the video:
I in no way mean to take away from this day of celebration, but to honor it by adding this wonderful video by Dave Stewart. This is his revision which he did to bring in PE Obama as the partial fulfilling of Dr. King's dream. Enjoy this musical tribute to Dr. King and the historic inauguration of PE Obama.