When a young nation sets course to achieve greatness, many challenges will stand before it. And so the United States rich in talent, intellect and resources, forged a path that led through Native American treaties and wars, slavery and racist indoctrination, child labor, unregulated labor(60-80)hour work weeks, no voting for women or African Americans and etc., to reach a perfect union. Thousands would stand up with voices to call on justice and the lawful binding of the young nation to its legal documented promise and creed of democracy and justice, during its growth and reach.
One of those voices belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who along with many others, organized a march on Washington to acknowledge the need for jobs, voting rights and economic/social justice on August 28, 1963. King stated that the U.S. had issued the Negro(African American) a check that came back marked insufficient funds from the bank of justice in his now world renown, "I Have A Dream" speech.
Well, the African American has lots of company now; whites, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, women, gays and millions of Americans live in an America that has incorporated its creed of justice primarily for the top 1% of the money handlers and power brokers. All others are subject to a check marked insufficient funds. And if the GOP continue its implementation of political spins and obstruction to intelligent legislation, it will only get worse.
From the White House.
This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America. And on Wednesday, President Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial, joined by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington. We reflect on what the Civil Rights Movement has meant for the country, and perhaps most importantly, the hard work that lies ahead as we continue to pursue the ideals laid out by Dr. King, and sought by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched through our nation’s capital fifty years ago.
This event is open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 AM, for an 11:00 AM program start at the Lincoln Memorial. Guests arriving after 12:00 PM are not guaranteed admittance.
For more information on the 50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Ceremony and Call to Action Event at the Lincoln Memorial please visit http://officialmlkdream50.com/august-28/.