My mind reels with the crazy 15-second news cycle, the flying slogans, the waving flags. So much nonsense and so tempting to jump in and argue. But the best remedy, in the long run, is a national lesson in history and civics.
Above is a photo of one of America’s great moments, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Below is quoted from the National Parks Service…
King’s speech was the grand finale of the August 28, 1963, “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The march, led by union leader A. Philip Randolph and organizer Bayard Rustin, drew 200,000 supporters, 50,000 of them white. They included clergy of every faith, students, blue-collar and white-collar workers, and celebrities like Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marlon Brando, James Garner, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. Robert Weisbrot, author of Freedom Bound, called the march “the largest political assembly in American history.” On August 22, 2003 the Martin Luther King, Jr. Inscription Dedication unveiled the commemoration of the “I Have a Dream” speech with a keynote presentation by Coretta Scott King. The work, an inscription in the granite approach to the Lincoln Memorial, marks the location where Dr. King spoke to the crowd, which assembled for the March on Washington.
Remember that Dr.King dedicated his life, and ultimately gave his life for justice. During his leadership in the civil rights movement he was called every name in the book, ‘un-American’ being the least of it. He was slandered, arrested, jailed and threatened. He endured threats to his wife and children.
If anyone claims to carry on his message, compare their actions to his and make your own judgement. There are some who work courageously and in obscurity to help our country realize the dream. A very few are called by history and challenged to lead, as Dr. King did so faithfully. Remember him, and all the other brave Americans who made the civil rights movement possible.