On Saturday, August 24th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famously inspirational I Have A Dream Speech was celebrated. A few weeks ago, I did an article all about words and all about using them wisely and this man’s great speech is one example of that. The civil right leader, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., used his words and powerful voice to inspire a nation and rally up people all over the world from many different backgrounds to rise up against injustice that they are facing or witnessing. Using his powerful words, he told us about his dream for our world. He painted a beautiful picture of our world united as one and without hostility and useless fighting. He inspired us to see past our differences and get along. And after his speech his dream quickly became the dreams of many people, regardless of their color.

So, today I wanted to do my own tribute to his speech and point out how far we’ve come. I can’t tell you how much as a young African-Canadian woman, how important this speech is to me and many of those around me. This is the speech that broke down barriers and that built up communities and bolstered people’s spirit. A speech that motivated change and taught all of us how to stand up for one another and think of each other as brothers and sisters.

I want to congratulate, the reverend for all he has done with just a few words and 16 minutes of undivided attention. (Actually, I’m impressed that anyone can talk for so long and keep his or her audience engaged!) I would also like to thank him for creating change, for being a Mockingjay and like Katniss Everdeen was in the Hunger Games, being a huge part of a revolution. So, that now 50 years later, I can go to a good school and not have to worry about any hostility from peers or elders. Now half a century later, I wish that he could see how his home, the United States of America currently has an African-American president. I wish that he could have seen how last Saturday, people from all walks of life were able to get together to remember his deeds and how even citizens as young as four had something to contribute and say about his dream. And though I do believe that our society still has a long way to go, I know that  it’s nothing compared to how far we’ve come.

Martin Luther King- I Have a Dream Speech

Click here if you want to read the full speech from the US Archives.
Click here if you want to see pictures from the event.
Click here to listen to and read President Barack Obama's commemorative speech.