On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. He addressed a crowd of more than 250,000 people, and implored his listeners to rally for civility, understanding and basic human rights.
His dream was worth sharing. 48 years later, we still celebrate Dr. King’s iconic message.
The Dream Speech
Thousands of civil rights supporters gathered together on that warm summer day. They were there to support the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and listen to Martin Luther King Jr. The event was a peaceful demonstration that people would remember for the rest of their lives. It was an experience that Dr. King referred to as “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” And it was the day when people first heard King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
King’s words were simple, passionate and full of truth. His message would change the world. He shared his visions of equality, liberty and brotherhood. He implored people from every background to live harmoniously – regardless of their race, creed or color. Listeners hung on his every word, knowing that they were a part of history.
A Dream That Won’t Be Stopped
Martin Luther King Jr. longed for a world in which every human being would be judged by their deeds, not their skin color. He understood that America was not yet the land of his dreams. But he refused to let that stop him.
More than four decades have passed since King offered his thoughts on freedom and tolerance. He did not live to see the changes he so desired for his country. Less than five years after the “I Have A Dream” speech, King was assassinated while preparing to lead a protest in Memphis, Tennessee.
Though he never saw his dreams become reality, Dr. King’s words were so full of truth and passion that they will never be forgotten. The pursuit of fairness and peace continued after his passing. Nothing could stop this powerful dream.
A World Of Change
Much has changed since that day in 1963. We’ve accomplished a lot, but people still debate whether or not King’s vision came true. Some believe that the election of President Barack Obama represents the full realization of King’s message . Perhaps the fact that his race is even a topic shows we’re not quite there yet. Dr. King would be proud of our progress, but there is always more room to dream.
King’s goal was that every person could enjoy the same freedoms and rights. So what can we do to share his dream? All we have to do is believe. Believe in those words, believe in humanity and, most importantly, believe in each other. We may not look, sound or act alike, but in the end we are all just people sharing this planet on the journey of life.
Dreams For The Future
At PeopleFinders, we believe in people. It’s not your race, gender or skin color that matters. What’s important is your character. How you treat your fellow human beings and the choices you make each day. Dr. King believed that one day all people would be equal. He shared his dream with the world. We can share that dream with each other.
It’s been 48 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Every word continues to ring true. Today we can celebrate his vision, and follow our own dreams. Leave a comment to share your thoughts on this momentous occasion, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders.com People Search blog.