50th Anniversary: "I Have a Dream"
This past weekend, August 28, marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech accompanied by the first March on Washington where King proclaimed his dream to just over 225,000 people as well as a nationally televised audience.
With 50 years passing since Rev. Martin Luther King chime the words, “I Have a Dream”, a great number of people feel as though there is still a long path to go before being seen at as equal citizens of the United States.
At this year’s march, there were thousands of individuals carrying signs referring to remembrance of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida just last year. The case ended up with the shooter George Zimmerman (Hispanic) being found not guilty on grounds of self-defense; however, still, to this day, there is a great deal of racial tension given the fact Martin was an un-armed 17-year old African American.
Also, as observed the 50th Anniversary and the ceremonies surrounding it, several African American leaders stood where King stood 50 years ago and proclaimed lament for the direction our nation is currently going.
John Lewis, one of the original marchers with King proclaimed to the tens of thousands in attendance at the Washington Mall; “I am telling you my brothers and sisters, We cannot give up, We cannot give out, We cannot give in!”
Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King proudly proclaimed, “As my mother always stated, struggle is a never ending process, freedom is never really won.” King continued, “You must earn it (freedom) and win it in every generation.”
Most of the concerns brought to the table were about voter suppression, jobs, violence and continued discrimination.