The dream continues

Wednesday 28 August 2013 was the 50th anniversary of one of the key moments in civil rights in the United States of America. The March on Washington and the speech of Martin Luther King Jr on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC.

Commemmorating the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama said “Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed, and yes, eventually the White House changed. Because they marched, America became more free and fair.”

Certainly, some of the demands made by the marchers at that time were fulfilled in the Civil Rights Act in 1964. But the struggle for economic empowerment, equality, human rights and development continues in the US and worldwide.

In his speech below the Memorial to the President who is remembered for emancipation of slaves, Martin Luther King Jr had declared “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

May we speak with the fire, passion and commitment of that Baptist preacher, fifty years on, and campaign with others for a just and fair world for all.