Today marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his historic speech during the march on Washington. Most of us know it as the "I Have a Dream" speech. What I didn't know was the most famous part of that speech is only the last third, and it was ad-libbed. The first two-thirds of his speech discussed racism and segregation as an American issue, one that was out of sync with the core American values put forth in the Declaration of Independence. Dr. King took it beyond black-and-white to our cultural identity as Americans. This was genius. I'm surprised it is relatively unknown today. If you are interested in watching, here is the entire speech:
We hold these truths to be self-evident.