Over 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln said, “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country.”.
But only a few people listened.
Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, jr. said, “Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
And many people listened.
Last fall, campaigning for the Presidency, a young African American, Barack Obama spoke of fulfilling America’s promise, of the necessity of hope, the need for change, the dream revived.
And 54 million people listened.
Today is Martin Luther King’s 80th birthday. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will become the 44th President, not, as he has said, of the red states or the blue states, but the United States.
We, the people have prevailed.