As election season winds to a close, candidates from all sides are still making their final promises about what they want America to be. Those of us who share Dr. Harding's vision -- for a just, compassionate, multiracial, joyful nation which cares for children and elders -- must work to make that reality.
As our nation pauses to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, most will focus on only part of the story. When many Americans think of the historic March, they think of Dr. King standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial delivering his inspiring "I Have a Dream," words he spontaneously added at the very end of his speech. For nearly 50 years the powerful words in that section have been quoted all over the world. But too few people remember that the March on Washington wasn't focused just on racial equality but was actually named the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and was a demand for economic opportunity and economic justice for all.