50 years ago today

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    tongue Advanced
    August 28th, 1963 is one of the momentous days in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. led a March on Washington to bring attention to the cause of civil rights, leading a crowd of 250,000 men and women of every color to the Lincoln Memorial, where he gave his now-famous "I Have a Dream". I have no doubt that each and every one of you know at least part of that speech. Today is a day not just to think about what MLK did on this day, but about the sacrifices that everyone involved with the Civil Rights Movement made to ensure that future generations would not be judged by the color of their skin. There is no denying that we have come a long way in the past 50 years. How far is debatable. It is abundantly clear in many ways that blacks and other minorities still aren't treated quite equally to whites. Even affirmative action, which was meant to level the playing field between blacks and whites, is a false equality, a necessary evil at best. But today is not about debate. It is not about the "much-needed national conversation about race" that is typically more destructive than it is constructed. Today is about celebrating the American spirit of popular political action, and remembering those who were willing to give everything for the cause of equality.
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    Teresa22 Senior
  • quizmasters Novice
    Thanks for posting this. It feels good to know this fact.

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