Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on: Mon, 01/18/2021 - 15:15 By: Leon San Salvador
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, film cell

We remember and honor the work and the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. In the half century since his death, our image of Dr. King has shifted from a living, imperfect human to the idealized image of a legendary hero. The point of this however is not to suggest we pick him apart and look for flaws.

On the contrary, rather than an untouchable ideal, we should take the time to focus on his humanity and that which he had in common with all of us. Dr. King's speech from the March on Washington in 1963 is worth a listen. That includes all seventeen minutes, not just the recognizable quotes and soundbites bandied about by pundits or those who wish to make a particular political point. We recommend taking the time to reflect and imagine it in the context of the era in which it was spoken.

Civil unrest, division, and outrage at true inequality being codified into law was the background for this event. Even in the midst of all that, Dr. King saw the opportunity to "transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."

No explanation or interpretation of his message is necessary. He explains it quite well himself: 'I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety

More history about the March on Washington is available here: Short Film: March On Washington History

We at Dream Axiom recognize that the potential to create is inborn into all people, and that only through justice and true equality can that potential be unleashed upon the world for good. Let us take up the torch lit by those who sacrificed so much before us, and ensure that their work - including Dr. King's - was not in vain.

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