49 Years Later, Martin Luther King’s Dream Lives On

Today marks the 49th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the historic March on Washington. Dr. King talked about his vision for the future in America—an America where discrimination is a thing of the past, and where racial equality is truly achieved. He reminds us that the Declaration of Independence was a “promise that all men…would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” But at the time of the speech – and even today—it was a promise that America did not keep. America, Dr. King said, “has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.”

Dr. King’s legacy lives on today, even as our right to vote is threatened in battleground states across the country. In states like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, voter ID laws and threats to early voting will disenfranchise thousands of voters. This week, freedom fighter and civil rights icon Georgia State Representative John Lewis called for voters to “make some noise” about voter suppression this election season. We have to continue to fight until the dream Dr. King spoke of is realized. In the spirit of Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech,” we ask that you pledge to vote this election season, and to encourage others to vote or to register if they are a new voter. Text PLEDGE to 62227 today to pledge to vote, and to continue the fight for social justice and equality.