Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Walking past a TV screen, very few things will cause me to stop and adjust whatever my current plans had been – perhaps a favorite movie that I hadn’t seen in a long while, like “Remember the Titans”, “Hunt for Red October”, “Dr. Zhivago”. Or a sports event deep in the archives – 1 of the 3 Ali-Frazier title fights, the 1958 Baltimore Colts – New York Giants overtime championship game. Or a speech…

Specifically, one speech – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Given the content, his delivery, the size of the crowd, and the context (the turmoil in the country at the time), I think it was the greatest speech in my lifetime and one of a handful of the best speeches in American history. It’s only 17 minutes – you can just read it and choke up. Words matter, especially when delivered eloquently with conviction and backed by action.

We talk about impact at Gladney. That speech had impact that continues to reverberate almost 50 years later. We are proud to celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. I get tears in my eyes every time I hear his speech. I taught my 3.5 year old today a part of the speech as we read books on MLK Jr. We are a multiracial family now thanks to Gladney's ABC program. What MLK Jr. did and what he stands for directly affects the lives of not only my littlest girl (ABC baby) but our whole family. Forty years ago my family wouldn't have been possible. Thank you and Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.!