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ERIC Number: EJ866698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Reflections on a Dream Deferred
Lewis, John
Teaching Tolerance, n33 p28-32 Spr 2008
Americans have come a great distance since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The African-American middle class has grown. African Americans, women, and other minorities are in positions of leadership today that they could never have aspired to 40 years ago. In the 2008 election season, an African-American man is a serious contender for the Democratic nomination for president; so is a woman. In 1968, just these ideas would have been seen as highly unlikely, even dangerous. In this article, the author takes a look at the legacy of Dr. King's ideals. He states that 40 years later, the dream of Dr. King still has not been realized. Americans still have not reached the Promised Land that Dr. King described the night before he was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. The author believes that Americans are closer to building the Beloved Community and a society based on simple justice that values the dignity and the worth of every human being, but they still have a great distance they must travel before they build a Beloved Community, a nation and a world society at peace with itself.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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