a message from rep. john lewis

It’s hard to believe it’s been 55 years since my brother, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.



Today, we celebrate his commitment to peace and justice, his philosophy of nonviolence, and his respect for all peoples.

Of all the gifts given to us by Martin Luther King Jr., the greatest was his belief in society’s ability to change and the power each one of us has to affect that change.

So today I’m giving you the opportunity to make some change by answering a few short questions in my Martin Luther King Legacy Survey:

His dream was one shared by so many — that all men and women in this great country will be treated with the same respect and dignity as their neighbors.

The dream that we will be judged not by the color of our skin, but the content of our character.

Dr. King may not have lived to see his vision become reality, but we are all manifestations of his wildest dreams.

50 years ago, black Americans could not attend the same schools, drink from the same fountains, eat at the same lunch counters, or freely exercise their right to vote.

But together, we bent the moral arc towards justice and fought to reclaim our rights.

I think he would have been proud to see the progress we’ve made — and I think he would want us to keep fighting and keep dreaming.

So today, I want to encourage all of you to keep fighting for your community and for your country to ensure we keep his dream alive

Today and every day, I remain hopeful.

Congressman John Lewis