Friday, August 28, 2009

when the ship comes in


Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) minister, civil-rights leader

today is the 46th anniversary of martin luther king jr's historic I have a dream speech. delivered on the steps of the lincoln memorial during the 1963 march for jobs and freedom, the speech and the march were watershed events for the country and for the civil rights movement. the official reason for the march was to rally support of a civil rights bill that was proposed by the kennedy administration.

a year after king's historical speech, at the age of thirty-five, martin received the nobel peace prize, making him the youngest person ever to receive this venerated award.

bob dylan and joan baez singing at the march in 1963 - the glimpse back in time that this vid provides is priceless. I have been to more than a few marches and all I can say is we certainly don't dress up for marches like they did back then!



photo: button from the 20th anniversary march on washington. although much has improved from 1963 to 1983 and then from 1983 to today, we still a ways to go before martin's dream is fully realized and before we can say the justice ship has docked.

10 comments:

mum said...

I don't know if we'll live to see that day, kimy, but we can at least choose the direction in which we move.

best from Graulhet.

subtorp77 said...

kimy, mum hit it spot on here! And I wasn't round yet when Dylan did this...thanks ever so much for posting it! Happy week-end :)

lettuce said...

that vid. is great. Yes, what a contrast to today's demos.

but the same old old issues, as well as the new ones.

hope you're well kimy!
xx

Coffee Messiah said...

He'd cry at the treatment in todays environment here in the usa ; (

Baino said...

Living in a country where a black face is a rarity, I can't imaging what it's like over there. I get the impression things haven't improved much despite his inspiring efforts.

Merle Sneed said...

Fantastic insight, Mum!

Kimy, thanks for the reminder and for the vid.

California Girl said...

My husband loves Dylan more than any other singer/songwriter. This is one of his favorite songs and I promised him, when we were still in high school, I would have this played at his funeral. It's such a positive song.

rosedale's 4head said...

as always, thought-provoking post! thank you

Happy Sunday!

Kate Hanley said...

What a great reminder. I have a book of all of MLK's writings - he was such an inspiration, especially his final speech in Memphis. Thanks for this.

e said...

Fab post, Kimy...I think Dr. King would be profoundly disappointed were he to appear today. I fervently hope things change for the better, that we choose a positive direction in which to move, as mum, says...