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Monday, January 19, 2009

Majority of African-Americans Think Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Fulfilled

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech, referred to as "I have a dream" where he asserted "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."

The text of that speech can be found here and video of that speech is below and can be found at YouTube here.

CNN reports that 69 percent of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for race relations has been fulfilled. That number has risen from just 34 percent, last March.

Whites on the other hand are less likely to think King's vision has been fulfilled, with only 46 percent believing his dream has been fulfilled, although that number has also risen from last March when only 35 percent of Whites believed it to be true.

King was an African American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. He also was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means

King was 39 years old when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.