This is a beautiful video of the last four minutes of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech recited by a mixture of young and old; black, white and Hispanic. In the background is a soulful rendition of the song My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, which Dr. King quotes from in his speech. It was created by the Salt Project, a not-for-profit project dedicated to reclaiming and sharing the beauty of Christian life through film, photography, music, poetry, and ideas.
I have always found this part of the speech so powerful and moving – especially when he talks about freedom ringing from the mountaintops and hills of New Hampshire, Colorado, California, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. Having lived in or near most of those places it is a dream I can relate to also.
The creative director behind the film, Elizabeth Myer Boulton, asks this question:
How far have we come on the journey to social justice and what must be done to achieve the dream King so eloquently articulated in 1963?
That is a hard question to answer. In some ways, we’ve come a long way. President Obama is living proof of that. However, I am saddened by the continuing racism I see in our society and on display in the media, our courts and justice system, and some of our elected officials. It is a reminder that the struggle is never over and that hard won gains need to be strengthened every day for all of us.
How would you answer this question?