Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that helped to shape America into a better place.
I was born in 1964 and although I have memories of the racial injustice that happened during that time, I didn't see the horrific acts that haunt America's past. My class was the first group to be fully integrated from first grade through graduation so we had a different perspective. And fortunately my parents instilled in me that character is what matters not the color of someone's skin.
I'm thankful that Martin Luther King Jr. and many others fought for equality. I believe he would be pleased with the progress we've made, but would say we still have work to do. He would be proud that we have an African American President, and wonder why it took so long to happen. He would be disappointed and sad about the violence that takes the lives of so many of our young men. He would work to get fathers more involved in the lives of their kids. And he would still have a dream that America can be a better place.
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