Today marks 𝟓𝟕 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the greatest speech of the 20th century, “I Have a Dream.” It was a day that roughly a quarter-million people marched, demanded, screamed, and cried for 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞.
It was a march that created a powerful national understanding of the issues surrounding racial and economic injustice. It was a march that said we are human beings worthy of our human rights, we are here and we matter.
Today, we are reminded that we continue to fight the same fight; the fight for 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 that has far exceeded 57 years.
One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King comes from another one of his powerful speeches. He said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
So, let today be a reminder of 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 and 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫. Let today be a comfort that while progress has moved slowly, it is still moving 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝. Let today be an encouragement to keep learning, to keep talking, and to keep using your voice toward social and economic injustice.