Thousands marched on Washington this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.  The actual date that the speech was rendered, is today.  My niece Leighana was among the multitude, where Reverend Al Sharpton, the NAACP’s Ben Jealous, and King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, spoke.  Here’s a shot of my niece below, who continued a tradition her mother and I participated in when Stevie Wonder campaigned for King’s birthday, to be declared a national holiday.  Apart from a few words from King III, I’ll let the esteemed Dr. King do the rest.

Leighana - Martin Luther King 50 Years

“I didn’t really begin to appreciate the actual message Dad delivered for another couple of years, but I remember how upbeat they were,” King III told reporters.  “I was about seven years old the first time I listened to the speech.  I was moved to tears.  Dad made a reference to us, his dream that his four children would one day live in a nation where we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.  That line resonated with me and still does.  Every time I hear the speech I am inspired.  It has inspired generations and will continue to do so.” 

for believing in dreams


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