Today we honor the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, born in 1929, and tragically struck down in 1968 at 39 years of age.
His life ennobled our country, leading the struggle from the darkness of racial inequity towards the goal of social justice for all—black and white, women and men, old and young, rich and poor.
Have we now fulfilled Dr. King’s dream? Not yet. The long road is still ahead. So much still to overcome; so many tasks still to undertake.
But in one week our country and indeed the world will witness the inauguration of our new President whose roots, family and life reflect the best of all of us and hopefully reflect a new beginning of equality for all.
In Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream “ address he said so eloquently: "And 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.”
Surely our country today faces grave difficulties and serious problems. Yet I feel certain that if Dr. King was with us now, and in spirit he is, he would acknowledge our gains and still enjoin every citizen to work tirelessly to solve the tremendous economic and social challenges that we face. While we have a long and arduous road ahead, I am confident that in time working together, we can and will overcome these challenges and realize the American Dream for all of us.
(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)
Susan Uchitelle is a consultant for the Voluntary Interdistrict Coordinating Council.