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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Martin Luther King's Dream

Today is the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" Speech which he gave from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.
Dr. King dreamed of a world in which people would be judged for their character and not the color of their skin. And music superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z, vacationing in France this week, are helping to make that dream come true. They're music superstars, yes, but that's not why they're emblematic of the progress which the African-American community has made.
No, we're talking about the fact that it was once only White Americans who perpetuated the stereotype of the "ugly American", the tourist who goes to foreign lands wearing loud, garish clothing and trumpeting to the rest of the world that while we might have money, we don't necessarily have taste. But that right to embarrass oneself in a foreign country is not just for White people any longer. Thank you, Beyonce and Jay-Z, you've made us all proud.

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