Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that without economic advancement for racial minorities his dream of a nation overcoming its racist past would never become a reality. The most recent black unemployment numbers shows that it still hasn't.
The faith of King is not conservative, one that insists on looking backwards for the "better days" that in reality never were. Rather, it is a faith that faces forward, toward a better day in a promised land.
The opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument couldn't come at a more opportune time. Hopefully it will refocus our attention on the principles he stood for, inspiring all Americans to tap into the better angels he was guided by.