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A really great article about the trials MLK jr went through as he transitioned to anti-war and anti-poverty rhetorichttp://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/01/mlk.final.crusade/index.html#cnnSTCText
It's a credit to our eighth-grade social studies teachers that most of us can recite the most famous line from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
But have you ever heard the rest of the speech?
From the When not in Africa. . . blog.
Independence Day, the 4th of July, let freedom ring - but are we 'free at last?' Today is a day that means a lot to Americans, or at least it should. In many other countries, especially African countries, independence days receive more than just one day and have celebrations that take over weeks. Here we celebrate with fireworks, family get togethers, remembering the troops, community events, and other random events set for just one day. Independence Day is something we have come to take for granted. We know that we are independent and 'free,' but we do not really understand what that means. We shoot off fireworks, blasting explosions in the sky, shaking our bodies - but what we do not realize is that 'bombs bursting in air' means something completely different to the rest of the world. Explosions, bursts of light do not represent independence in many places - these are signs of danger and create fear. A rocket's red glare has a frightening consequence and that does not end often in freedom. I began really thinking about how people from other parts of the world would view our independence day when I attended the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine the summer of 2003.
Safely home finally and the closing statements of the summit are still ringing in my ears. The representative from Minnesota reminded us that progress goes only as far as you are willing to take it. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day - we engage in community service, leadership conferences, and remember the amazing contributions of a person who most would agree was more than an ordinary man.