On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech to more than 200,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In that speech, King expressed a desire for freedom and equality between races and called on this country to move past a culture of hatred.
As we approach the 50th anniversary King’s speech, the United States celebrated another milestone this weekend, appropriately held on a day of observance of King’s legacy. Barack Obama, the country’s first Black President, was inaugurated into his second term of office on Monday.
King’s dream of acceptance and equality may not have completely come to pass 50 years later, but the United States has come a long way from what it was 50 years ago. Queens has historically led the way when it comes to acceptance of race, religion or sexual orientation. Living in the most diverse county in the world affords us all the opportunity to advance King’s mission of hope and compassion on a daily basis.
As we continue to celebrate the anniversary of his speech, let us all honor his vision and continue to dream of a better tomorrow.