I Have A Dream

From a Slate article, I learn that tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

ABC will be showing a documentary, Peter Jennings Reporting—I Have a Dream, to mark the occasion tomorrow at 10pm ET. Virginia Heffernan calls the documentary “intelligent and rousing.”

UPDATE: The Right Christians has the complete speech annotated with the sources and allusions that Dr. Martin Luther King used in his speech. It’s worth reading.

Author: Zack

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3 thoughts on “I Have A Dream”

  1. What could be “rousing” about MLK’s life? Take a look at this for the story of the real man. Hypocrisy and whitewashing have made MLK into a quasi saint and demonized the man with more integrity: Malcolm X.

  2. Nick: I could argue with you, but if you are the same guy I have seen commenting on some other blogs, then it might be a long argument. So I’ll just quote from the link you gave:

    As every reasonable observer has commented, neither King’s sexual wanderings nor his scholarly misdeeds detract from his core achievement. By continually publicizing black grievances while putting a palatable, nonviolent face on resistance to jim crow, King paved the way for the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s and a major turnaround in public attitudes about race. But there’s no getting around the fact that he was a complex and deeply flawed man. Was he a great American? No argument here.

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