Monday, January 17, 2005

Honoring MLK

On this official holiday, I just wanted to acknowledge the enormous achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By confronting the shameful legacy of Jim Crow, Dr. King and the civil rights movement forced America to come to terms with our abject failure to live up to our own ideals. As a result of his tragically short life, the USA is a far better place than before, though still not quite where we need to be. Dr. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is truly one of the great pieces of American oratory. On this day when we honor Dr. King's legacy, it is well worth reading:

I Have a Dream


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