Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2023

A Time to Remember, Reflect, and Resolve to Realize His Dream

Known generally as the “March on Washington”, the rally was actually promoted as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a call-to-action as critical today as it was, sadly, 60 years ago on August 28, 1963.

In front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic I Have a Dream speech, regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory, to a crowd estimated at 200,000 strong.

An excerpt from Dr. King’s 17-minute speech includes, “I say to you today, my friends, and even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream, deeply rooted in the American 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.”
  • …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.
  • …even the state of Mississippi…sweltering with the heat of injustice [and] oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
  • …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.
  • …in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

The March—and Dr. King’s speech—put civil rights at the top of a U.S. Reform Agenda, contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Also, in 1964, Dr. King was the recipient of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize.

Read about Dr. King’s awe-inspiring legacy and life, and the lessons he fought—and died for at the age of 39—to instill in all of us.

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