I guess to some it might be a little clichéd to post the “I Have a Dream” speech on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but falling into that category is a risk I am willing to take. You see, if I am honest, it has been far too long since I have seen the speech in its entirety. I have read it many times, but — as anyone who has seen Shakespeare performed well knows — the virtues of hearing as opposed to reading the speech are many. So here it is, and I encourage you to watch it for the benefit of your own soul. Most of us desperately need to be reminded that there is still much work to be done.
And if you want to be further brought to your knees by the power of that day in August 50 years ago, here is Mahalia Jackson singing with a voice that could break the stoniest heart, despite the poor-quality video.
While we are enjoying our day off of work, may we remember that there is still injustice to be weeded out and fought, and may these voices move us to action.
Previously from Laura Creel:
♦ BFFs Dennis Rodmas and Kim Jong-un’s Relationship Shaky
♦ Heads Up, Parents: Your Kid’s College Education is Built on Tired, Poor, Sometimes Even Homeless, Teachers
♦ Waiting for Christmas in America
♦ Grocery Stores: Expensive? Yes. Universally Designed? No.
♦ “Angry Birds” Movie Leads the Promotional Campaign with the Tagline: “So Many Birds Have to Die”