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Martin Luther King's Dream

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM by Emily Miller

On August 28th, 1963, over 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. for a political rally known as the March on Washington. It was an important moment in the civil rights movement that characterized the 1950’s and 1960’s, and culminated in Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech that would put the struggle of African Americans into perspective for so many.

Eisenhower took office one year prior to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Three years later, he continued the progress made by the courts decision by using military force to counter segregationists in the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis, in which the Governor of Arkansas refused to enforce the Brown decision by blocking nine African American students from attending Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School. Later that year, Dr. King would write Eisenhower a letter extending his “warmest commendation for the positive and forthright stand that you have taken in the Little Rock school situation.”

Six years later, Martin Luther King and millions more African Americans were still fighting for their right to be treated as equal in our nation’s capital. Dr. King’s dream would resonate throughout the country, as his message of racial equality and acceptance made its biggest mark yet on our country. As Eisenhower once said, “there is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.” It was these principles that Martin Luther King stuck to in spreading his message of racial equality, and it is these principles that we must continue to adhere to as we try to make our country more fair, just, and equal for all.

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