Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Associated Press: 'Today in History for August 28th'


Source:Associated Press- Today in history.

"Highlights of this day in history:  Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech; Clashes mar the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Black teen Emmett Till abducted and killed; Prince Charles and Princess Diana granted a divorce." 

Today marks the 49th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech. The speech where Dr. King laid out exactly what the vision of civil rights is. Sort of  like when a President lays out for Congress and the rest of the country what he intends to get done that year. But if anything the I Have a Dream Speech was so much more powerful and Dr. King was able to communicate this message to so many other people. 

A million people physically showed up to this speech at the Washington Mall and this is a speech that's remembered forty-nine-years later and if anything more powerful today than it was in 1963, because the vision of civil rights movement is still this speech: 

"I have a dream that one day my children will be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin". The ultimate color-blind speech, that all Americans should be judged as individuals, not as colors or members of races.

Dr. King laid it all out there for over a hundred-million Americans, now at best maybe half of the country agreed with him at the time. Not even everyone in the African-American Community agreed, but there it was the vision of what Dr. King was trying to accomplish. 

Dr. King laid out the vision of what he was trying to accomplish with this speech and he was telling his supporters ,as well as President Kennedy and Congress: "This what we are trying to accomplish, that all Americans are entitled to live in the United States in freedom. Not just the special few, that all Americans have constitutional rights, that deserve to be enforced, not just the special few. 

Dr. King was saying that racist Southerners shouldn't be allowed to deny African-Americans, or anyone else their constitutional rights based on color or race. This is what this speech was about. Someone that the Millennial's should be listening to and studying, that I believe a lot of my generation already gets and why things like interracial and inter-ethnic dating, is now mainstream. 

As far as the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois: if you want to know what reality tv really looks like and not what TV producers try to create with supposedly ordinary people and a look into their daily lives, look at the 1968 DNC, because that it was chaos. It had all the violence and cursing, and people going crazy, as any supposed reality TV show, except that it was spontaneous and happening in real time.

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