The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington was officially dedicated on October 16th, which brought back memories – both good and bad – for all who were around during the turbulent times between 1950 and 1970. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been nearly a half-century since Dr. King’s words about his dream of a color-blind, but racially equal society, rang out to the almost 300,000 folks gathered in Washington in 1963, with millions more watching on television that day. Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech given during the March on Washington carried a strong and lasting message.
I wish I could report that the dream has become a reality, but the sad truth is, I can’t. While we have made tremendous progress in the United States, we still have a long way to go when it comes to racial equality and harmony. Unfortunately, there are still some who resist change in this arena. Hopefully, that will change one of these days, with the last traces of racism snuffed out, and when it does, we will all be better for it. My prayer is that day will come soon.
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