DENVER DISPATCH: Dr. King’s Movement Lives On

by Paul Hogarth on August 28, 2008

DENVER—11:00 AM: Just got back from a beautiful Prayer Breakfast to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Congressman John Lewis (the only surviving speaker from that march), Al Sharpton, and two of Dr. King’s children spoke – with the common message that Barack Obama’s nomination is a time for celebration, but also a time to push harder. “For Obama to be a successful President,” said Martin Luther King III, “each of us have to roll up our sleeves to make a difference.” Speakers brought into context the longer struggle from Nat Turner to Harriet Tubman to Emmett Till to Dr. King, as they anticipated the excitement of Obama giving his speech tonight in the shadow of the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. “Let us be dissatisfied until everyone has adequate health care,” said Bernice King – who really worked up the crowd with a terrific speech. “Until our black boys go to college instead of jail. The movement’s not dead; let’s continue the movement!” I walked out thinking how Obama’s election is not just important for the African-American community, but for anyone who cares deeply about Dr. King’s legacy. Off to INVESCO Field …

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