2003-01-25 / Editorial/Opinion

The Legacy of Martin Luther King

The legacy of Martin Luther King did not die with his assassination in April of 1968. It still lives today in the hearts and minds of those who remember him and honor him each year on his birthday. The speech that he made on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, still resonates today among those who hunger for social justice and equality. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of the 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 slaveholders will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four 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." Anybody who watches the news or who studies the events of the nation will know that King’s dreams have not yet been fulfilled, even forty years after his famous speech. Does that mean that his dream has died? We do not believe that. We believe that it has yet to be fulfilled. As we move into a new millennium, a new decade of school governance and of good will, we look to King more than ever to give this nation the guidance it needs to make his forty-year old dream a reality.

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