“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – March on Washington speech, Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 1963.
He had a dream, but wasn’t a selfish dreamer. He had a vision, but wasn’t a shortsighted visionary. He was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who gave of himself to boldly lead a movement, a nation, a world, to realize that every man, woman and child was granted God’s irrefutable and undeniable civil and human rights…and that no one had the authority to take such rights away. On April 4, 1968, King’s life was taken away by an assassin’s hateful bullet…but it could not derail the civil rights icon’s God-given dreams of civil, human and equal rights for all people.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Now, 43 years after his death and 28 years after Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity first proposed building a national memorial to honor King, the organization’s dream has come to fruition. On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was officially dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.