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MLK’s dream

September 4, 2013 • Editorial

Fifty years ago, at the Lincoln Memorial, during the dog days of summer, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd of more than 250,000 and to the world. The speech and the moment have become legendary in American history.

If we were to revisit that time, a place when racial strife dominated the news, when blacks marched for freedom, for equality and against injustice, we would see a nation in struggle and turmoil.

King was a great orator whose remarkable deep voice and intonation captivated his audience. He spoke of black America’s plight at the time. Despite the hundred years since the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks were still not free, shackled by the “manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” as King said. His portrait of America then was not pretty. But his hope for a dream was inspirational.

We can’t help but wonder what King would think of America today. Remember this speech was before radical change. In the past 50 Login to read more

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