He had come to Washington that day, he said, to cash a check. "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence," he announced to the crowd of 250,000 on the National Mall, "they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir."
As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.
Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. He railed then against "the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated today, Jan. 16, 2011, on what would have been the civil rights leader's 83rd birthday. It's a great day ...
Today, when the term "civil rights" appears to be an old-fashioned concept and the ideology of post-racialism penetrates the minds of many Americans, it is only proper to pause and recognize moments in history that remind us not only of how far we have come, but of how the fight for equality still continues.