Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama and The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday's events at the Democratic Convention included a speech from Bill Clinton in which he unwaveringly supported the nomination, campaign, election, and presidency of Barack Obama.

Good move, Bill! Thank you.

Tonight we will be treated to Barack Obama accepting the nomination.

No matter what side of the political spectrum you call home, no matter your feelings about Obama or the state of the nation, this is a historic event: a man of color accepting the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Today also marks the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington during which The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed "I have a dream."

My spine tingles.

Here is an excerpt:
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 their character.

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.

See an entire transcript of that speech here.

Watch a video of the 1963 March on Washington, including Dr. King's speech here.

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