Fifty-nine years ago today, at the historic March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a visionary scolding of America.
He reminded us that when the “architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note” to which every American - Black and white - fell heir. It was a promise guaranteeing “the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
But Dr. King called it “obvious” that “America has defaulted on the promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.”
No summary of Dr. King’s searing and magnificent words can do it justice. Every sentence, every thought speaks to us today, challenging us to mobilize and organize to walk the path he charted for us.
Take a few minutes today to read what he said - every word - and then do something today and each day forward to make liberty and justice for all a reality.