Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech that provided a snapshot for an important era in history.

Known as the "I Have a Dream" speech, the most famous part of the address, the ending, was unscripted. It was a version of a set-peice that King had done a number of times in other venues. Preachers do tend to go down rabbit trails, and occasionally something good happens. :)

If you want to read more about this, and about how King's vocation as a preacher was integral to who he was and what he did, read The Preacher King by Richard Lescher. It's a fantastic perspective on the man and the era and culture that shaped him.

While lots of words are being said about the speech, its importance, and how it may or may not have changed the world (insofar as one single speech is capable of doing, which is probably a good subject for another post, perhaps the best way to honor this anniversary is to simply let the man speak for himself:

What is your contribution to this refrain? What is the dream today? Finish the sentence by tweeting "I have a dream that..." with the hashtag #dreamday. I'll be doing that throughout the day, and posting about it later this evening.

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