50 years after the March

Today, you can watch a live stream of events honoring the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech.

While it’s hard to underestimate the importance of Dr. King as a galvanizing figurehead of the civil rights movement, today provides the opportunity to honor unsung heroes.

NAACP’s Jotaka Eaddy, in Ebony, discusses the role of women in the civil rights movement.

Because of the vision and advocacy of the iconic civil and human rights women leaders and hundreds of nameless and faceless women that came before us, women are at the helms of boardrooms and executive offices, breaking barriers in the fields of technology and research, and helping shape the course of democracy today.

Akoto Ofori-Atta, on the Root, shares some of Dr. King’s wisdom.

These nods to the breadth and diversity of King’s entire catalog are obviously important. But here’s a reminder to pay some special attention to the “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. There’s more to the rhetorical genius of the “Dream” speech than the dream portion alone. King’s other insights are pointed and heavy, and don’t always support the romanticized version of the King we hold in our heads.

Here are some other quotes from the famed text, some of which are chillingly relevant to the state of racial politics today.

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For more thoughts on race and poverty, check out the Poverty and Race Research Action Council‘s latest newsletter.

Below, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety.

About Holly

Holly Jensen is a writer and poet who has worked with nonprofits and businesses for over a decade. She also serves as editor of The Ghazal Page, an international literary journal.
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