Posted at 10:34 AM on January 17, 2011
by Julia Schrenkler
It is Martin Luther King Jr. day, and one can't mention the man without thinking of his ability to speak, to put so much into words.
"The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream that one day people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
- From Today's Question: How close have we come to realizing Martin Luther King's dream?
Meanwhile AmericanRadioWorks features Say it Plain, Say it Loud:
Public speech making has played a powerful role in the long struggle by African Americans for equal rights. This collection, for the ear and the eye, highlights speeches by an eclectic mix of black leaders. Their impassioned, eloquent words continue to affect the ideas of a nation and the direction of history.
Both the comments to Today's Questions and the collection of African Americans who inspired the country to live up to its democratic principles are worth reading time.