Even 43 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. has the power to unite. In October, thousands of people came by bus, car, train and plane to Washington, D.C., to witness the dedication of the monument erected in his honor.
In a town of monuments, the imposing 30-foot statue towers over similar structures. Visitors—Black, White and brown, young and old—took photos, reminisced about the freedom movement and listened to the dozen or so speeches about the preacher who dreamed a dream bigger than anyone could fathom at the time. The final speech was from a man King very well may have envisioned when he wrote his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
President Barack Obama challenged the country to use King’s dream as a stepping- stone to greater things. “And so with our eyes on the horizon and our faith squarely placed in one another, let us keep striving; let us keep struggling; let us keep climbing toward that promised land of a nation and a world that is more fair, and more just, and more equal for every single child of God,” he said.