Aug. 28 is an important day in American history. On that day, 47 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial. His message gave voice to the voiceless and his vision promoted a just, equal, diverse and compassionate country.
This Aug. 28, a very different sort of voice will ring out across those famous steps.
Beck is not Martin Luther King Jr., and Brave New Foundation has launched a site for people to speak up and stand with Dr. King's vision, and to share what his vision means to you today.
This Aug. 28, Beck and Sarah Palin's presence at the Lincoln Memorial reminds us of how much work still needs to be done. The racist, raging and hate-filled tenor of Beck, Palin and the Tea Party movement is in direct contrast to the noble vision spoken by Dr. King. Their outrageous attempts to divide America and to turn us against each other could not stand in starker contrast to King's vision of a shared humanity.
The Reverend King once declared that, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
But we will not be silent on this matter. We will not let Beck and Palin hijack history and continue in their attempts to further harm and disrupt our collective future.
During the Civil Rights Movement, the SNCC Freedom Singers adapted an old Labor protest song -- "Which Side Are You On?" Forty-seven years ago, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have A Dream speech, he asked the country which side of history they would be on. This Aug. 28, we're reminded that the question still needs to be answered.
Which side are you on?
Come join us in standing with Martin Luther King Jr's vision of this country. Click here to declare your continued commitment to Dr. King's legacy, and that you will not let Beck trash and tarnish the meaning of King's dream. Signatures will be delivered to the Celebrate The Dream gathering on the National Mall in D.C. on Aug. 28 so that those who sign are virtually present at the unveiling of a Dr. King art exhibit, to be hosted down the mall from where the Tea Party is to gather.
Come stand by King's side that day. Uphold and continue to work for his vision, no matter how much Beck aims to stop us all from doing so.
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