50th anniversary of the March on Washington: A child carried on its mother’s back does not know how far the market is from home

Filed in Current affairs, Justice by on August 25, 2013 0 Comments

Today we remembered the 5oth anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech. His dream was not a prophecy. Half a century later, America is still very divided. Many of the older generation have witnessed the change and appreciate the progress made by the civil rights movement.

What would Martin Luther King, Jr., think about discrimination based on sexual orientation?  His movement  shifted from racial equality to many other societal issues. What would he think of the failure of his disciples to pursue his vision of America?

Seeing a man of color in the White House would be his great satisfaction but the road is still long and full of thorns. The young generation of African Americans do not appreciate the sacrifices made by fine men such as Congressman John Lewis, who paved the way for their future. As the Yoruba of Nigeria say, “A child carried on its mother’s back does not know how far the market is from home.”

 

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr