August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Time magazine had a wonderful retrospective of the event with memories of many who were there that day.
The words of King’s speech are powerful and poignant. Here’s just a portion of it:
“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 out on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
“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.”
Watch these two videos and tell me if it is yet true that people are judged only by the content of their character, not their color:
Let’s all have a dream for every person to be treated with dignity—and let’s do everything we can to bring it to fruition.
The result will be what King said as he closed his speech:
“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual: ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.'”