At the heart of King's March on Washington speech and his decade of activism for racial justice and tolerance was the fact that America can both be pushed rudely, or gently evolve, into a color blind society.
Given the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam, in his "Beyond Vietnam" speech King christened America as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Almost 45 years later, Obama is arguing the notion of "just war."
At Grant Park Obama reminded us of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy. I saw Dr. King's Dream come true on that stage. And Kennedy's vision was apparent in Obama's challenge to us. Kennedy and King never promised us a hand out. They promised us a fair shake.
This area is also home to the headquarters of Federal Express, whose CEO, Frederick Smith, is a McCain finance co-chair--and reportedly a possible candidate to run as vice president on the ticket with McCain.