Today is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born on January 15th, 1929, Dr. King would be 86 years old today. Tragically, he never saw his 40th birthday, having been assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4th, 1968.
It was nearly 5 years earlier, on August 28, 1963, during the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, that Dr. King delivered his now famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.
Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, speaking to a quarter of a million people in person, Dr. King’s message resonated across the country and has influenced countless millions ever since that inspiring day.
In fact, in the heart of Dr. King’s speech are three lines that inspired Dudley Rutherford to name this very initiative, Dream of Destiny:
“…many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”
The entire speech is below:
If you can’t see it above, you can also watch and listen to the entire speech by clicking here.
Monday, January 19th, 2015, marks the federal holiday commemorating Dr. King’s birthday. If you have the privilege of being off from work that day, you are encouraged to volunteer some of your time to serve in your local community.
And if you haven’t seen it already, I also encourage you to catch the excellent film, Selma, which focuses on the events surrounding Dr. King and the equal voting rights march in 1965. Selma is now playing in theaters everywhere.