We are all Martin Luther King now

Niall Cooper

King_Jr_Martin_Luther_093.jpgToday is not just a day for celebrating That Speech and the road well traveled, but for looking ahead, for dreaming new dreams – and for doing what it takes to bring these dreams into reality.

Listening to a recital of Martin Luther King’s historic speech on Radio 4 this morning, 50 years to the day today, I am willing to admit that I was moved to tears…

Moved to tears, not just by the powerful words themselves, but by the list of people the BBC had put together to recite the words – Maya Angelou, Doreen Lawrence, Joan Baez, Mary Robinson, the Dalai Lama, Malala, Stevie Wonder… Men and women who have followed in Luther King’s footsteps, and put themselves on the line in the global fight for justice and dignity.

Men and women who cannot be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of…

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