by Madi McCellan

In 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. 58 years later, many important discussions revolve around this speech. But why and how is this speech still relevant today? 

Dr. King’s speech depicts his vision of what America should be. While our country has made a lot of progress since the Civil Rights Movement, his dream still is not a reality. Currently, our country continues to face issues of systemic racism. Dr. King’s speech serves as a constant reminder of what we are working towards and provides hope for the future. 

While bringing attention to injustices, Dr. King also shared a message of hope and unity. He strongly believed in joining forces and moving forward. Both the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) embody Dr. King’s Message. 
One part of the speech that particularly speaks to me is “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” A huge part of Dr. King’s dream is a better future for his children and the youth of our nation. I think that as Gen Z grows older, begins to make decisions for our country, and advocates for equality we should continue to implement Dr. King’s legacy. We should keep the younger generation in mind and work to create a better future for them. If we continue to do this one day his dream will come true.