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Every age has its dreams. We dream of what was and what may come to pass.
Just over 50 years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke before hundreds of thousands of people at the legendary "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." It was there that his "I have a dream" speech entered our collective memory.
And so, in the decades since, we often mark Dr. King's memory by asking if his dream has come to pass.
But what about the dreams of our age?
We can see the great events of King's bygone era in black-and-white film clips. We can watch him speak at the Lincoln Memorial, and see news clips of the marches from Selma to Montgomery, where the face of Southern racism was laid bare for the world to see.
There were many sympathizers -- black and white -- who risked their lives by organizing poor, illiterate Southern blacks, getting them registered to vote, setting up "Freedom Schools" in the far-off Mississippi Delta, attempting to enlighten those who society had conspired for ages to keep ignorant.
In the end, the ones who took risks, who fought for dreams -- they changed the world.
So, in this age, let us look to our dreams. We have progressed since the days of Dr. King, but there are still battles to fight, still rights to wrong.
When we ask ourselves if King's dream has been realized, let us dare to dream for our own age. For that was King's legacy -- he answered the question of his time: What is it we hope for; what is the dream we share?