Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King jr. delivered his historic and still profoundly moving “I Have a Dream” speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Gary Younge has written a wonderful article on the background and legacy to this astonishing piece of oratory. He ends with words that MLK himself might have been proud of:
“The idealism that underpins his dream is the rock on which our modern rights are built and the flesh on which pragmatic parasites feed. If nobody dreamed of a better world, what would there be to wake up to?”