Corinth Today Editorial
Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of freedom and equality.
President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a “great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves . . .,” Dr. King said in his “I Have a Dream . . .” speech in 1963.
But 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were still not free, Dr. King said.
When he delivered the speech 55 years ago in Washington, D.C., Dr. King said blacks were still “crippled” by segregation and discrimination. He also pointed out that many blacks lived in poverty.
The nation’s founders promised that all Americans were guaranteed the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Dr. King said.
“Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood,” he asserted.
Dr. King emphasized that the struggle for freedom must be pursued peacefully.
“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred,” Dr. King said.
Many white people also devoted themselves to the cause of African American freedom, King noted.
“They have come to realize their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom, he said.
Dr. King talked about the need to endure in the struggle “until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
His dream was “deeply rooted in the American Dream.” He wanted his four children to live in a world where they would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Dr. King dreamed that the nation would live out its creed that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”