Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are a reminder that voter suppression efforts remain a reality today.
On Monday, America’s official celebration of the birth of its greatest civil rights leader will coincide with the ceremonial second inauguration of the nation’s first black president.
It’s an occasion not only for honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., but for honest reflection on the nation’s progress toward that promised land of racial equality he foresaw for his people.
Were he alive today, King would be 84. When he was born in 1929, black Americans lived under a cruel Jim Crow system of apartheid that denied them equal rights.