I saw this cartoon by Tom Toles on Daniel Kurzman page at About.com, and was struck by the effective and brilliant simplicity of it. And by the significance of this moment in time. It’s kind of mind-boggling when you stop to consider the enormity of it all.
Today we celebrate the legacy of a civil rights leader who lost his life directly because of his efforts to create a better, more equal world. Tomorrow we witness history, as the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama, is sworn into office.
According to CNN, 69 percent of blacks believe that Dr. King’s dream has come to light. In 2007 I wondered if we were still dreaming, and quoted segments of Dr. King’s most famous speech — the I Have a Dream speech, delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, where superstars like Bono and Beyonce entertained a massive audience during the We Are One concert yesterday.
I found this amazing video highlighting the passage of history, using images and video from the darkest days of the Civil Rights movement, through the victory of Barack Obama. Hat tip to Robin’s Remixes for creating something so remarkable. Viva YouTube for this kind of ingenuity!
I don’t know if I’d say Dr. King’s dream has come true… but I think we’re almost there. We’re closer today than ever before. And tomorrow for many — especially those of you in Washington DC right now! — surely it must feel like reality.
How do you feel today, bellas and fellas? How do you think your ancestors would feel? How would Dr. King feel, today?