On this day of remembrance, Blawgletter recommends to all a partner’s book about an epochal speech by the great American we honor — Drew D. Hansen, The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation (Ecco 2005).
Blawgletter also gets chills from another MLK speech. At the end of his march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, Dr. King spoke on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol. He said:
"I know some of you are asking today, ‘How long will it take?’
"I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again.
"How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.
"How long? Not long, because you will reap what you sow.
"How long? Not long, because the arm of the moral universe is long, and it bends toward justice."
Yes. The arm of the moral universe bends toward justice. Amen.