#50 Years Later… (mw)

In a stirring occasion, crowds gathered on August 28th at the National Mall centered at Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. This was a speech that helped awake the conscience of our nation to do something significant about the issue of race in America. A year later it along with much organized action paved the way for the monumental 1964 legislation, the Civil Rights Bill. Yet, it was more than race alone that King preached about it, spoke about, marched about, it was also the issue of poverty and the economy at large. This is why King and and others began the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, the year King was assassinated by a bullet. It is because of his fight for the poor, the under-served in America, along with racial equality, that thousands gathered on those steps two weeks ago. The question that now remains after this celebratory event is: what will we as a nation, as a generation, as a society do to live out daily the Dreamers’ dream? What will our country look like in the aspects of race, poverty, criminal justice, and other problems that still plague our country 50 years after his remarkable speech? This is our prerogative, our moment, our time to shape what will happen 50 years from now. Imagine, what the 100th year anniversary of King’s speech will be like then. Image


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