Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" from The March On Washington (1963)Above is the full version of the famous "I Have A Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from The March On Washington on August 28, 1963. And while in the 47 years since MLK made this historic and moving speech things have definitely changed for the better and taken big strides towards racial equality in America (including of course Barack Obama becoming the first black President of the United States just a year ago), we still have not fully realized Dr. King's "dream." Specifically we have not reached the part where he hoped aloud, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Or when he said, "I have a dream that my four little 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" -- considering that racial profiling is still very much a reality by many police departments across this country.
But as MLK himself once noted, the road toward equality and change is usually an arduous one; one that takes time and calls for much patience and perseverance. And this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Day (observed Monday, Jan 18th) is a perfect time for each of us to stop and consider both how far we have come as a nation since The March On Washington, and what we can personally do to help create positive change toward reaching the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.