How Martin Luther King Put Rights Movement 'Where His Mouth Was' in 'Dream' Speech


'Free at Last'

While so many are introduced to "I Have a Dream" while sitting in an elementary school classroom, the speech still has significance in the political climate of today, Frazier said.

"The speech is powerful, first off, because of how relevant many of the issues that Dr. King brought attention to are still relevant today," he said. "It wasn't simply about being recognized as humans, but being treated as humans."

"When he says, 'This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism,' that struck me," Kennerson-Baty said. "Things happen in the news that reinforce that several aspects of King's dream has yet to be fulfilled. There is still work to do."

Frazier said the strength of King's speech is his call for people to be active within their own communities to incite change.

"One of the things that gives me hope is recognizing how the dream is still being fought for, waged for every day," Frazier said. "It speaks to that moment of 1963, but it still resonates. It's very much alive, you can feel its legacy brewing in the energy of the masses."

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