Wednesday, August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. At 3:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM PDT) bells will ring for the “Let Freedom Ring” celebrations being held throughout the United States. Schools, churches, mosques, and colleges will join together recognizing Dr. King’s message of freedom, justice, and equality.
President Obama and former presidents Clinton and Carter will be on hand at the Lincoln Memorial to deliver their take on this historic day. The Washington event will be held at the “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action”.
Half a century ago, Washington D.C. was experiencing a sweltering heat wave. Nevertheless, over 250,000 people showed up for this life-changing event. Dr. King humbled his American brothers and sisters with words of wisdom that transcended time. In his "I Have a Dream" speech 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.
Doesn’t this include racial profiling? Doesn’t this embrace homophobia? Sexism?
Our nation has come a long way since Jim Crow. There was a time when a black man couldn’t drink from the same water fountain as a white. During King’s day Blacks and Asians were excluded from buying or renting homes in suburbia.
But as things have changed for the better, some have not. African Americans constitute 14% of the population, but they make up 40% of the prison population. They are incarcerated six times the rate of whites. 58% of youths admitted to state prisons are black. 72% of African-American children are born to unwed mothers.
This Wednesday, as the bells chime in your neighborhood, think about what you can do to inspire a dream that brings people together in brotherhood and sisterhood.
Please leave a comment about your dream.
I’ll start first: