50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom shows us how far we got, and how much further we still have to go

An American in London

It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver his “I Have a Dream” oration to an estimated crowd of 300,000 participants, calling for a time in our nation when his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

He began his speech by saying, “But 100 years [after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation], we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years…

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