Fifty years ago today Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in Washington. Today, President Barack Obama marks the occasion with a speech of his own. And that speech could be when of those legacy making moments according to U-H professor Brandon Rottinghaus.
“These moments are prime for Presidents to grab the stage and alter the national discussion about an issue,” Rottinghaus told KTRH.
There will be a temptation by some to compare President Obama’s speech today to Dr. King’s speech in 1963. Rottinghaus says that’s not right.
“It’s clearly the wrong thing. The moment that Dr. King gave his speech was so profound and unique it does not bear repeating,” Rottinghaus said.
Reverend Robert Gilmore was in Washington this past weekend to celebrate the March on Washington and told KTRH we've come a long way, but not far enough.
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“Fifty years ago we were dealing with Jim Crow laws. Today we are still dealing with some elements in our society that would like to disenfranchise individuals,” Gilmore told KTRH.
As the country celebrates, a new poll from the Pew research Center is out. One in four African Americans say the situation of black people has gotten better during the Obama Presidency; one in five said things have gotten worse.
“America needs to be challenged. The corporate community, everybody needs to be challenged to do more,” Gilmore said.