Black lives matter, every life matters

Black lives matter, every life matters

On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baptist minister and foremost American civil rights activist, stood before thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and proclaimed his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He dreamed that one-day hypocrisy will end in America; that the jarring contradiction between the lofty ideals of a land of freedom, equality and justice enunciated in the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the daily lived battered experiences of black Americans will come to an end.

To the wild applause of his compatriots, the 34-year-old Rev. King Jr. rolled out his dream with oratorical prowess, mixed with a surge of emotion: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Read more

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