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August 23, 2003 4:41 AM   Subscribe

March on Washington Anniversary of historic march. Has Dr. King's dream been advanced? I "imagine" kids are still dreaming...
posted by aiq (7 comments total)

 
This week, my 10-year-old honor student composed a list of proposed social studies fair projects. He included MLK. I asked him why? His answer: "Because everybody that does him always gets an A."
posted by mischief at 5:04 AM on August 23, 2003


While your kid may pick the project just to get an A, he or she will be learning valuable lessons about an important American who helped make the country better at the same time, so good.

We've come a long way, but not far enough.
posted by amberglow at 6:47 AM on August 23, 2003


In 2001, 22.7 percent of blacks and 21.4 percent of Hispanics were poor, compared to 11.7 percent of the total population. (National Poverty Centre)

...there were 791,600 black men in jail or prison in 2000 and 603,032 in college (NYT)

Like amberglow says, not far enough.

Worryingly, here in the UK we seem to be going backwards, if you take prison statistics as an indicator, and I think they're a good one.
posted by jack_mo at 10:25 AM on August 23, 2003


I Have [ka-ching!] a Dream [ka-ching!]

While your kid may pick the project just to get an A, he or she will be learning valuable lessons about an important American who helped make the country better at the same time

That's a good thing, so long as he doesn't also get a lesson on lawsuits from greedy family members.

Are the King's grabbing any royalties from the current festivities?
posted by Ayn Marx at 10:52 AM on August 23, 2003


What does how relatives and descendants act have any bearing on Martin Luther King's speeches and actions? You can dismiss him because of them, but it's your (and ours as a society's) loss.
posted by amberglow at 11:00 AM on August 23, 2003


What does how relatives and descendants act have any bearing on Martin Luther King's speeches and actions? You can dismiss him because of them, but it's your (and ours as a society's) loss.

I'm not dismissing MLK, but the actions of his descendants are eroding both his memory and the ability to celebrate and promote his message.

How many people now associate "I Have a Dream" with a phone service? How many people are afraid to quote from the speech because they fear a lawsuit?

I bet the angular momentum of King spinning in his grave could have powered NYC.
posted by Ayn Marx at 11:11 AM on August 23, 2003


Poor is a relative term...... IF you food in your belly every other day, then your not really poor
posted by WLW at 7:22 PM on August 23, 2003


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