Today let us celebrate the memory of Dr. King and his timeless words, recognize the progress made and honor those upon whose shoulders we stand. Then, we can rededicate ourselves to continuing the work we are called to do on behalf of our brothers and sisters of every persuasion and from all walks of life.
There's a ton of interesting analysis out in recent days on the quite explicit though often under-appreciated economic thrust of the March on Washington that took place half-a-century ago today. Economist Joseph Stiglitz and others note the lack of black progress on many key variables: income, poverty, wealth, employment. Richard Reeves adds an important and trenchant analysis of the black mobility gap. I agree with these facts, but want to add an additional, simple point which is in danger of getting overlooked: the evidence shows the Dr. King was right. Full employment is a substantial part of what it will take to achieve economic justice.
The close to 8 million Latino evangelicals owe a deep debt of gratitude to leaders like King, Rosa Parks, César Chavez, Joanne Robinson, and Fannie Lou Hamer. Our debt to them and to the Gospel is to be sure we are part of the on-going movement for civil and human rights in the U.S. and all over the world.
For hours, speakers and singers, drum majors all, kept a steady beat until the time finally came for Dr. King to ascend the podium. His familiar baritone tuned like none other, he soothed us, rallied us, commended us on to heights untold. When he raised his hand over the crowd, invoking his Dream, I felt myself soar.