In celebration of this day, I think it's worth the time to listen to a recording of his historic speech.
Could the civil rights movement have had a better, more visionary, and stronger leader than MLK? It's hard to believe so. Let's hope that his message doesn't die and lose it's power with today's generation.
I often find myself wondering whom in our time can even be compared to the great people of years past. Who will we remember as "great" in the decades to come? It often seems that such people are increasingly rare these days...
I leave you with a passage from his speech which resonates with me:
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.