The memory of Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States is impressive. He stood at the forefront of a movement that made many people uncomfortable in their complicity with the system and for that, he was brutally murdered. And now he has a day of celebration where we white people can congratulate ourselves on how far we’ve come because his memory has been washed out and diluted.
Until yesterday, I’d never heard the entire “I have a Dream” speech. I wept through the entire speech because of how little has changed since Dr. King delivered it in 1963.
He spoke of police brutality and I thought of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all of the others killed this year and in years past who have not seen justice done. He spoke of equal rights and I thought of a school system that has failed so many children of color. It has been 50 years since he gave his speech and it is still as relevant today as it was then.
Today, on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2015, as we pause to celebrate the great man who still inspires us, take some time to remember that the work he stood for is not yet finished.