During a 250 thousand-strong march on Washington in 1963, King delivered a rousing and inspirational speech, one that remains one of the most famous speeches in American history. Interestingly, he started with prepared remarks, but then departed from his script, shifting into the "I have a dream" theme he'd used on prior occasions, drawing on both "the American Dream" and religious themes, speaking of an America where his children "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." He followed this with an exhortation to "let freedom ring" across the nation.
50 years later, one has to consider just how far the civil rights movement in America has come. As the Supreme Court moves to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, many states have taken swift action to implement restrictive voting laws, effectively suppressing the vote for many minority voters. Democracy is under attack.