Until then, I leave you with an excerpt from what I consider one of the most powerful speeches ever given, in honor of the day. We've all heard it a thousand times, but it's worth hearing again. Make the time to read the whole thing, if you can. Hat tip to another Vegas blogger for linking this.
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 a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even
the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice
and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have
a dream that my four 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.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" Martin Luther King, jr.
It can't be said much better than that.