This year’s historic election has its roots in 1963 when an estimated crowd of 250,000 people gathered on the monument grounds of Washington, DC for SCLC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. speech. NBC and ABC interrupted their programming to bring it live to viewers across the country. Dr. King had originally planned to deliver a different speech, but departed from his text to the “I have a dream” theme he used on prior occasions. Although it was a speech he had given on many other occasions, Dr. King’s I have a dream speech is one of the most famous speeches ever given.
“I have a dream, that one day, even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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.”
In his January 20, 2008 speech at Ebeneezer Baptist Church, Barack Obama spoke of Martin Luther King, Jr. bringing unity in an hour of need. Obama stated, “What Dr. King understood is that if just one person chose to walk instead of ride the bus, those walls of oppression would not be moved. But maybe if a few more walked, the foundation might start to shake. If a few more women were willing to do what Rosa Parks had done, maybe the cracks would start to show. If teenagers took freedom rides from North to South, maybe a few bricks would come loose. Maybe if white folks marched because they had come to understand that their freedom too was at stake in the impending battle, the wall would begin to sway. And if enough Americans were awakened to the injustice; if they joined together, North and South, rich and poor, Christian and Jew, then perhaps that wall would come tumbling down, and justice would flow like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
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