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Friday, April 4, 2008

Remembering King's Dream

Today, people from all over the country traveled to Memphis to remember and honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and "his Dream" for this nation. Although many agree we have come along way, we still have a long way to go to truly realize King's Vision.

Dr. King's struggle is still very relevant today as it was 40 years ago. The fact that nearly half of all Black and Latino children are still growing up in poverty and suffer from unemployment almost twice that of their fellow Americans, is evidence that we still have many miles to travel. And with today's economic crisis, many of the gains African Americans and Latinos made during the 90's are now disappearing.

The racial disparity is revealed in many aspects of living including health care, schools, the criminal justice system and housing. And, is further demonstrated in the racist and anti-Latino rhetoric and anti-immigrant legislation occurring around the nation.

Although inequality and injustice still exists in the United States, the hope and will for change is very strong and is manifesting itself with individual. As one mother from Detroit put it, "I want my girls to know that freedom isn't free. They've got to stand up and keep up the fight and learn how to treat people no matter what color they are or where they come from you've got to treat people right."


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