Google is keeping the dream alive today by honoring Martin Luther King Jr., who is arguably the greatest proponent of civil rights to have ever lived. The artwork was done by award-winning artist, Faith Ringgold, who uses painted quilts to tell stories. The whimsical design is obviously meant to appeal to the heart of a child and incorporates U.S. flag colors red, white, and blue.
Martin Luther King Jr. day is observed the third Monday of January, which is very near his birthday of January 15th. The holiday, much like his life, was met with opposition in the 70’s but finally Congress was able to come to its senses and President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law on November 2, 1983. According to Wikipedia, the holiday was first observed on January 20, 1986.
Perhaps the most well-known moment in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life is his “I Have a Dream” speech that was given at the 1963 March on Washington. You can view this speech in its entirety below. This speech is about 17 minutes. If you would like to hear the “I Have a Dream” part, forward to about minute 13.
This speech occurred before my lifetime but its impact is still felt today. My heart is both saddened by the transgressions of my forefathers who enslaved a people for their own selfish gain, and yet is inspired by the words of Dr. King who used peaceful means to inspire a movement in America. When I look at a world that still glorifies the shallow and vain lives of celebrities, I am reminded of King’s powerful words:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I too hope someday that my children will live in a world that recognizes the higher ideals of good character and hard work.
For more information about Dr. King, you can visit King Center website at http://www.thekingcenter.org/.