“I Have a Dream”
On August 28, 1963, in which Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.[
August of this marked the 49th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King opened his speech saying “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” This year, make your greatest demonstration of freedom—- your vote. Take action that can and will change the future. If you are not already registered, get registered to vote. Seize the opportunity to cast your vote.
In recent months, hard won voting rights have been under attack throughout the country. Though recent court wins in Florida, Texas, and Ohio have turned back some of these efforts, other challenges remain and much education and outreach is needed to overcoming the damage that remains from laws enacted precisely for the purpose of making it much harder for millions to register and vote.
As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” On election day, vote take a friend with you. Your vote can be decisive, stand up, speak out, be heard— cast your vote!
Let freedom ring in 2012.
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