It’s been 35 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established. Are we any closer to his dream?
A strongly desired goal or purpose; something that fully satisfies a wish.
On August 28 of last year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was commemorated in D.C., where 57 years earlier, over 200,000 people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to witness history. This time, the March on Washington took place in person and online, with both a global pandemic raging in its midst and deep anguish present in the hearts of organizers and attendees. 2020 was, after all, yet another year of racial reckoning, yet another occasion to mourn and tell the truth about ongoing trauma.
This January 18, 2021, as we attempt to measure the insurmountable legacy of this person and this movement, should we dare to continue to dream? Or is an equitable future merely wishful thinking?