Remembering a Dream

MLK at the Lincoln Memorial (LEO Design)

Fifty years ago today, a 34 year old Georgia preacher mounted the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, took the microphone, and—before a crowd of more than a quarter million people—fixed his place in American history.  The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is considered one of the most important—and successful—orations in American history.  It was the capstone event of 1963’s “March on Washington,” a political demonstration calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans, the poor, and the disenfranchised.

King’s message of fairness and equality was deeply-rooted in his Christian beliefs.  He was convinced that non-violent civil disobedience was the most effective—and morally correct—tool available to an oppressed people.  He moved his people and he moved a nation.  Less than five years later, he would be shot and killed.

Half a century later, some progress has been made, certainly.  Other goals are yet to be achieved.  Nevertheless, the reverend remains one of the greatest and most-respected leaders in our nation’s history.