What’s Your ‘Dream’?

BY Colleen Shalby  August 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM EDT


Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King courtesy of National Archives.

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Though the March was meant to focus on jobs and equal pay, it’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s indelible speech that is best remembered.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

Was King’s dream achieved? That question has been discussed throughout the past month on the NewsHour, and our Student Reporting Labs team posed it to fellow students around the country, offering fresh insight into the impact of history on our future.

Answers vary, but a concrete truth emerges that King’s speech stood as a symbol for hope in the midst of civil rights, and still acts as a reminder to dream a better future and life even if the path from dream to reality is not yet determined.

Fifty years later and with King’s sentiment in mind, we’re asking you to fill in the blank: “I have a dream that ___.” What is your dream? For society, for your family, for your future? Tweet @NewsHour using #50YearsOn, share a photo with us on Twitter or Instagram holding a sign with your “I have a dream” answer, or tell us in the comments below.