As schoolchildren in India, we can be forgiven for regurgitating the entire speech without digesting its message. Far more egregious are minority politicians like Indian-American Bobby Jindal who cherry pick it for their own political expedience and use Dr King's words to subvert Dr King's dream.
The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.
I missed Martin Luther King's stirring "I have A Dream" speech 50 years ago because my CBS News colleagues and I were covering the war in Vietnam. If King's speech resonated with the American people, it did not go far enough in the deep South.
The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.
As we reflect on the tremendous progress made over the past half-century, we honor those brave leaders who paved the way, and upon whose shoulders we all stand, by recognizing our responsibility to undertake the immense job still at hand.
As lawyers we are responsible for being the catalysts for justice. For Reverend's King's dream to come true, we as a society need to start by motivating and helping more people of color to become lawyers.
I write off protesting in and of itself because of the street preachers on campus or by the Mall in DC a few summers ago, forgetting that it was a protesting preacher at the front of that Mall 50 years ago who revolutionized the world. We don't want to seem too fringe, so we mainstream the radicals of history and don't get too risky ourselves.
We do not fulfill Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream by being a people who don't say the N word or officially discriminate on racial terms. Only a culture of genuine solidarity in which we are proactively seeking the shalom of all people, and not just the purity of our nuclear families, is a culture that is living his dream.
By requiring photo IDs in the polling place or proof of citizenship when registering, states are imposing unnecessary burdens to deliberately exclude citizens from the election process.
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We cannot solve a problem that no one is willing to name, and the biggest obstacle facing Americans today is that, in the main, we don't want to talk about race, much less about racism.
I salute everyone who, through broad coalition, came today to congregate at the Lincoln Memorial. As you seek the change, you too are the change.
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.
It's time to stand together again because while we may adapt and build resilience, we can't buy our way out of this crisis. We owe it to future generations to stand up for a world that can sustain us.