On Sunday, August 28, the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument will be officially unveiled in Washington, D.C. The moment will have incredible historic significance.
It will be the first such monument that until now was previously reserved for past presidents of the United States whose presidency occurred during defining and seminal times in the nation’s history. One certainly can argue that King’s monument is fittingly among them because of his impact in changing the course of history in America.
One other notable aspect to the ceremony certainly cannot escape its monumental significance:
The first black president of the United States of America, President Barack Obama, will lead the dedication ceremony.
Will this ceremony be merely symbolic, or a real indication that the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., for all races to have equal access and opportunity, has been realized?
One has only to look at the educational achievement gap, the vast gulf in wealth and economic opportunity, ghettos and pockets of poverty, crime, and unemployment to know that we still have a long way to go.
However, that is not the perception among many Americans. A recent USA Today Gallup Poll shows there is a wide chasm between what whites believe vs. what blacks believe. Whites are more inclined to believe that blacks have equal opportunity, and blacks are more inclined to believe that a lot of discrimination still exits.
As we approach this historic unveiling and all of its significance, do you think we have achieved racial equality in America?
If so, in what areas have we achieved true racial equality?
If not, what more must we do to realize the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.?