Dr. Martin Luther King - “I Have a Dream”


By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the humble son of a southern Baptist minister who, through sheer passion and commitment to his cause, was able to inspire and motivate a whole national movement in gaining social reform.

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still talked about decades after it was delivered to over 200,000 people who marched on Washington DC in 1963. It was the highlight of a sustained campaign in defiance of racial discrimination and has gone down in history as one of the greatest speeches ever made...

Here’s a short clip from the speech:

Sadly, his words are as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago. They look towards a world of equality, in which no one faces discrimination on any basis. When you have a vision that’s based on a principle like fairness, and you combine it with your own authentic passion and care for others, you cannot fail to inspire those around you and achieve great things.

Here’s a longer 5 minute clip of the speech:

For more on Dr King here's a link to a BBC interview with him in 1961, speaking about his childhood and growing up in segregated America.

Do you think Dr King's words are as relevant today as ever? If so why? 

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