Fifty years ago this week, I was eleven years old. I saw a news report on TV, about a huge march of protest, in Washington D.C., in America. Martin Luther King Jr. was addressing this huge crowd, the largest I could remember seeing, in my short life up to that time. I knew a little about the plight of black people in the USA, and had seen reports about segregation, and the KKK. I well remember being mesmerised by the speech, and by the style of the orator. Although I was not religious, even then, so discounted any of that aspect, this speech held me in rapture, and perhaps more importantly, made me believe in the honesty of Mr King, and to also wish for the realisation of his desires.
If you have never seen it, it will be worth the eighteen minutes of your life, to view the grainy original on this You Tube link.
If you would also like to read the words, here is a link to the original text.
Mr King never got to see his dream realised. He was assassinated, in dubious circumstances, less than five years later. I am not sure if he would have been pleased at the current state of things in the USA, but had he lived, he would have seen black politicians respected, in positions of power, and not least, a black president.
It is unlikely that any of this would have happened, had it not been for this memorable speech.