Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968
We didn't really have a reason for posting this today, other than that it's one of the most moving, amazing speeches we've ever heard -- and today is the day we're called to remember the life of the man who gave it.
Want to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Louis today? Events began for a day-long ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral (13th and Locust streets) at 9 a.m. -- it's not too late to head downtown now and participate. There's also an observance at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center beginning at 10 a.m. and a Civic Ceremony and March of Celebration at the Old Courthouse (Fourth and Market streets), also at 10 a.m.
Tonight, there's a special interdominational worship service at St. Cletus Catholic Church, 2705 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles, beginning at 7 p.m.
For those of you stuck at your desks, we leave you with these words:
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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.
To read the rest of Dr. King's words from that speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963, click here. And get your tissues this ready -- this speech is still as powerful, and as relevant, as the day he delivered it.