Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. – one of the greatest turning points in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s which recognized African-Americans and other minorities living in the U.S. as not only equals, but also human beings. It’s also one of the greatest speeches ever in recorded history – not only because it had great importance, but because it was spoken by a man whose most noble beliefs left their mark on history.
There are several good reasons why Dr. King is still revered today – including the fact that he was fighting for a just cause, something that many would-be “Reality TV” stars will never accomplish throughout their lifetimes. But then, in his lifetime, Dr. King was smart enough to use mass media to address what truly mattered in our society – and more importantly, to help change things for the better. True, there’s been a lot of improvement in the half-century since Dr. King’s speech in Washington – but even he’d agree that there’s still more to be done as far as race relations in the U.S. are concerned, including the recent news about the Supreme Court’s controversial decision concerning the Civil Rights Act that became law in 1965.
But will Dr. King still be remembered another fifty years from now? Definitely. What truly matters is the man and what he stood for – and more importantly, how he helped influence not only one, but many generations towards the kind of positive unity that’s strong enough to vanquish all of the world’s prejudices combined.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Book Country), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (https://sites.google.com/site/johnlav65), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Google Sites (Chameleons, Inc. website: https://sites.google.com/site/chaminc2002; Pictures Shop website: https://sites.google.com/site/picturesshop13).
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