Wednesday, August 28, 2013

QotD: "With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood" M.L. King, Jr.

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Spot of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. As Martin Luther King, Jr. noted in his "I Have a Dream" speech, that original date, was 100 years from the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. So today, we mark the 150 year since then. And do we see any progress of King's Dream?

I think we have. made progress on equality. But even with great strides, the Civil Rights Act, the striking down of DOMA, there is still a long way ahead. Perhaps a such a long walk for equality writ large that humans will never get there.

Perhaps, indeed, "freedom", is a state always to be sought, but never touched ... and so, again, perhaps the words of the old Negro spiritual "Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" are but a Dream.

And yet, and yet, again, perhaps:
"With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
And yet, again, perhaps ... as with Zeno's Paradox, we will ever approach the dream, and yet, never touch it.

See the full text of Martin Luther King, Jr's. "I Have a Dream" speech here. You can also see the complete video of the 17 minute speech embedded below.

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