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Opinion: Looking at MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech in today’s society

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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 4:22 pm

Nearly 56 years later, many of the problems Martin Luther King Jr. addressed in his famous speech are still apparent in the United States and around the world today.

On August 28, 1963, King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters during the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

During MLK week, Morehead State University held events to remember King and his legacy. During this time, students were encouraged to reflect on King and the impact he has made on society. 

The main ideas of King’s speech called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the US.

Today, those problems are still existent. 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” King stated in his speech.

Unfortunately, people of color across the US still struggle with racism. 

According to the latest NBC News survey conducted in 2018, 64 percent of people said they believed racism remains a major problem in our society. Thirty percent agreed that racism exists today, but it isn’t a major problem.  

“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality,” King stated. 

African Americans falling victim to police brutality is still seen all over the news today. In reality, not much has changed.

It is eye-opening to see how King’s words resonate in today’s society. There is still a long way to come to achieve the world the King strived for us to become.

But just how long will that take?