Monday, January 21, 2013

FMP: "I Have A Dream"

I've heard people wonder why we still celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. on the third Monday of January every year. To be quite frank, one reason we need to remember him is that if people are complaining about having to take off for a "black person day", then clearly racism is still a very prominent issue that needs to be remembered. And put quite simply, he changed the future of America. He may be famous for speaking out for African Americans, but the equality he sought for his own people paved the way for all minorities.

The speech he gave 50 years ago this August is still one of the most powerful we have heard and much of it still holds true. Though many of the horrors he speaks of are not an issue today, they have been replaced with other atrocities for other minorities. We need to listen to Mr. King and take his words to heart. 50 years later, we still have a lot of work to do.

Let's take a look at some of the great people we likely would not have without Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Obama - Image from Wiki
Oprah Winfrey - Image from Wiki
Will Smith - Image from Wiki
Skip Ellis
First African American to receive a PhD in Computer Science
He attended the speech posted above.
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