Remembering MLK

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Author: Van Jones
Date: Spring 2012
From: AMASS(Vol. 16, Issue 4)
Publisher: Society For Popular Democracy
Document Type: Article
Length: 641 words
Lexile Measure: 1130L

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April 4th 2012, marked the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. It's a good time to reflect on the state of not only Dr. King's dream, but the American dream at large. After all, Dr. King himself described his own dream as one that was "deeply rooted in the American Dream." It was a vision for an American Dream made available to all--a dream for the many, not just the very few. But nearly five decades after his passing, it behooves us to face a disturbing truth: the dream upon which Dr. King founded his own dream is imperiled.

The ideal that Dr. King worked to extend to all was that ours could be a country in which ordinary people--not just those with great wealth--could work hard, play by the rules, and make a better life for themselves and their families. Dr. King, and so many others, devoted his life to making that opportunity available to Americans...

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