Today, the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the central leaders of the civil rights movement. While much can be written and much can be said about Dr. King, his actions, his impact on our community, and even its modern-day applications for issues like education reform and school equity, none of it can really match MLK’s words themselves.
On August 28, 1963, King led the March on Washington, issuing one of the greatest, and perhaps most well-known, civil rights speeches of history. While most have heard bits and pieces of the “I Have a Dream” speech, it is worth listening to the entire sermon in its entirety. Powerful, powerful stuff.
Perhaps even more insightful is his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
These lessons may be a half-century old, but the premise, insights, and inspiration still hold in 2011.