Monday, January 17, 2011

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a National Holiday in the United States.

"I had a dream" - the 1963 speech that resonated today"

Today is Martin Lurther King day in the United States. It is a national holiday.In case some of you don't know, Dr. Martin Luther King was an African-American civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. His most famous speech, and one of the greatest speeches of all times, is the speech from the March on Washington in 1963, the famous "I had a dream speech". You can hear the most famous part of the speech  through the link if you never have heard it before.

Before the civil rights movement took hold in the United States in the 1960's, African Americans, were extremely discriminated against in the United States. In fact, in the Southern States, they went to segregated schools, could not use the same facilities or restaurants as white people, and had to sit in the back of the bus or any other transit facilities.

The United States has made great progress in the past 40 years, and now has an African-American President, something unimaginable in Dr. King's time. Let us all reflect on how we treat others, inworld and out, in honor of this great man.

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