Ninety years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American Civil Rights Movement leader and clergyman who used civil disobedience to combat institutionalized racism. Dr. King is remembered best for his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech,” which he gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on a platform few people of color were given during the civil rights movement and dared to demand a life better than what they had been handed. And like a visionary with eyes affixed on the horizon, he stood on the precipice of social change and said, in a tone laden with hope, “I have a dream.”
As Americans, Dr. King’s dream should be our mission. The march to Selma never really ended. We must continue the journey until all walks of life, “all of God’s children, black and white women & men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics” stand shoulder to shoulder, looking out at the same horizon Dr. King eyed with brazen hope.
That is still a dream worth fighting for. For a King, we must continue to celebrate!