At the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., there’s a single stone tile engraved with one man’s words, “I Have a Dream”. That granite tile marks the spot where Martin Luther King Jr stood when he delivered his famous speech 57 years ago.
This past year was rife with turmoil both new and old. We saw a global pandemic bring the world to its knees. And we saw it stand back up to march for social justice reform in towns and cities across the United States.
Today, Americans across the U.S. are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. And here at artistic fuel, we’re celebrating the legacy of a man that understood the power of the spoken word.
Excerpt From “I Have a Dream”
“I say to you today, my friends, so 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.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”
Kaeley is a contemporary artist and cultural organizer who loves good espresso and a cold Coke Zero.