I am particularly struck by the importance of language and terminology at this time of year. With the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talk of race is everywhere. “Have we achieved his dream,” is the constant question. Some would argue that Obama is King’s dream personified. However, we must keep the context of the entire speech in mind. King‘s dream was not about one act nor was his desire to “let freedom ring” limited to the White House. King conceptualized a transformation across the nation at multiple levels of society.
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