HALF a century ago civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr gave a rousing and emotional speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the August 28 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Those that marched did so to demand an end to racial segregation in public schools, meaningful civil rights legislation, including laws to prohibit racial discrimination in employment and protection of civil rights workers from police brutality, a $3 minimum wage, and self-government for Washington DC.
More than a quarter of a million people, the largest gathering of protesters in Washington DCs history, turned out for the event and heard Dr King’s 17-minute ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
Luckily for those of us who couldn’t hear one of the world’s greatest speakers deliver those seminal words, they were recorded, and today 50 years on we can still find resonance in these powerful words.
So take a moment today to listen, and please, share your thoughts, your own hopes and dreams with us.