I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King's gravitas was cemented 50 years ago. The "Queen of Comfort Food," Paula Deen, became persona non grata in many circles this year. Forget the fame factor. Set aside the race aspect. This is deeply personal.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. You know the one. The one where he painted a compelling pict...
I'm often surprised and gratified to discover how many folks are already doing good things above and beyond their work and family lives.
It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.
As we celebrate and memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington, let us also remember the other quiet heroes, whose names we may have forgotten, but who insisted that this country live up to its ideals.
I remember seeing the March on Washington on television 50 years ago. It would have been hard for me to believe back then that there would be a black president. It would also have been hard to believe that the voting rights so hard-earned would be in peril again today.
The streets have always been a powerful venue for everyday men and women to advocate their political views and to be visible, to be heard, to advocate...
May we continue to be inspired by the visionary word of the great prophets of our time and of old. May we march together ever closer to make the soaring dream a reality on the ground.
Today, we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the words, "I Have a Dream," that embodied not just the hope of a race, but of a nation.
Today, we broadly acknowledge that our diversity is one of our nation's greatest assets. But the full name for the 1963 event was "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." And, examined through that lens, measuring progress on achieving Dr. King's dream becomes much more complex.
Whatever your status, rest assured that that won't be sufficient. To paraphrase President Kennedy, the boats won't float well unless the tide starts lifting us all.
This is not the America that Dr. King dreamed of 50 years ago. We in the faith community will not stand to have compassion criminalized.
Both "I Have A Dream" and Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote that launched his successful campaign for president, out of nowhere, were 16 minutes and 11 seconds long!
Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The copyright in the speech is administered by EMI, with the consent of the King family. Thus the speech may not be freely played on video or reproduced and costlessly distributed across the nation -- even today.