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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Yesterday, January 16, was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As our friends over at the What So Proudly We Hail blog note, “A national holiday signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, [Martin Luther King, Jr. Day] takes place on the the third Monday of January each year. (The holiday usually takes place around the time of King’s actual birthday, on January 15.)”

It may be the case that you spent some time yesterday remembering King, perhaps reading his Letter from Birmingham Jail. If you haven’t yet (and even if you have), we’d encourage you to take 17 minutes to sit and watch his famous “I have a Dream Speech,” delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s easy to pass over the speech as its lines have entered American culture and we feel overly familiar with it–even if we haven’t actually watched King deliver it in its entirety before. This would be a real shame, for the speech–especially as King so forcefully delivered it–still moves us to call upon “the better angels of our nature” and remember the ideals our nation puts before us. Watch the whole thing here.