“I have a dream.”
Those iconic words highlighted one of the most famous speeches in history. Delivered by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963, the “I Have a Dream” address inspired movements all over the world. Less than five years after that speech, Dr. King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. His global legacy lives on to this day, 50 years after his death.
For more on Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports.
To discuss the global legacy of Dr. King and his powerful messages:
- Stacy Hawkins is an Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers University Law School.
- Melina Abdullah is Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.
- Julius Amin is Professor and Alumni Chair in Humanities for the Department of History of the University of Dayton, Ohio.
- Justin Hansford is a Professor at Howard Law School and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights at Howard University.
CGTN asked people at the Lincoln Memorial how they felt about Dr. King’s Dream today, whether it had been deferred, denied or was coming to fruition.
"I'm not worried about anything! I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 4, 2018
"My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." 50 years after his death, three generations of women are carrying on the legacy of #MLK. #MLK50 https://t.co/jNOEBdSHRp pic.twitter.com/T37PC5ty1b
— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) April 4, 2018