Exactly 50 years later after that fateful day, President Obama paid tribute to the civil rights activists who made his story possible, and spoke on the enormity of continuing their movement as well as the importance of the people’s will to enact change.
“… in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. And when millions of Americans of every race and every region, every faith and every station can join together in a spirit of brotherhood, then those mountains will be made low, and those rough places will be made plain, and those crooked places, they straighten out towards grace, and we will vindicate the faith of those who sacrificed so much and live up to the true meaning of our creed as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In true democratic fashion, it will ultimately come down to we, the people, to stand together in order to continue to further enact change and progress, and continue the legacy of those who stood before us. As amazing a fact it is that an African American president can speak before us fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, there is still much to do in order to truly honor his work and the movement of his time.
“For the young are unconstrained by habits of fear. Unconstrained by the conventions of what is. They dream to be different.”
Strong words that are very reminiscent of another personal hero of mine, Mr. Steve Jobs.