We must begin any reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with the somber recognition of how far we are in 2013 from realizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Racial disparities exist from school achievement to incarceration rates and most insidiously in poverty. Eliminating white privilege and achieving equal opportunity have proved to be even more stubborn challenges than many would have envisioned on August 28th, 1963.
But much has also been accomplished and it would be equally unwise to ignore the gains made. They are the foundation on which we base our hopes for far greater strides toward justice and equality for all people in the 50 years to come. And just as Dr. King rooted his magnificent dream around the future for his four children, so today are out hopes rooted in young people today. This finally seems to be the generation that is growing up with an assumption of having been created equal, a comfort withy multi-racial identity and a desire for diversity and inclusion. If the rest of us with our stubborn prejudices and our stupid politics can avoid messing them up, perhaps our children can achieve Dr. King’s dream which we so rightly celebrate today.