Dedication of King Memorial reminds us the struggle for the dream continues
“A King Among Icons.”
That was the title of one of a plethora of stories about the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which will be officially dedicated on Sunday, August 28 in Washington, D.C.
The memorial honors his national and world contributions to peace through non-violent social change.
The date of the dedication is significant in that it marks the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Dr. King delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech, the milestone declaration that called for equality and brotherhood between “Black men and White men; Jews and Gentiles; Protestants and Catholics.”
Indeed, the memorial to Dr. King is among other memorials dedicated to presidents known for their leadership during war and to warriors who shed their blood to preserve this nation and its beliefs.
The memorial will be the first to honor a peacemaker whose weapon was love and shield was justice.
A man who commanded armies of people determined to be free and equal in a land that denied them those luxuries.
This Sunday will also be used by some in the civil and human rights community to speak-out on the need for more jobs, as well as urge continued efforts by our government to focus the resources of our nation on meeting the needs of the many and not feed the greed of a privileged few.
The Sunday march—to be led by Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton—speaks volumes to Dr. King’s enduring legacy, and the fact that we still have not overcome; still aren’t “free at last;” and a long way from “the mountain top.”
Sad truths that should make all of us resolve to “get there” and make “the Dream” a reality once and for all.