With all the hoopla surrounding President Obama‘s second inauguration, let us not forget that Monday (Jan. 21) is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Monday in January. That date was chosen because it corresponds approximately with MLK Jr.’s birthday, which is Jan. 15.
Above is his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. The entire speech runs over 15 minutes, but it includes this famous passage:
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of
today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men
are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former
slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at
the table of brotherhood.
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
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with
its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and
nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black
girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as
sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and
mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the
crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be
revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
Most years, there would be a celebration and parade in Washington D.C., but not today because of the inauguration. However, there are celebrations around the country, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and
Festival at the corner of Martin
Luther King, Jr. Boulevard & Lamar Street in Dallas.
Will you be doing anything in remembrance?