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Just Waking Up

There's been a phrase heard over and over again in Washington this week -- that the election of the first African-American president is "Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream realized."  Would King think we're there yet?

I posed this question to my followers on the mobile blogging site Twitter (I'm @laura_pbs) and got a variety of responses. An elementary teacher from Lebanon, Pa responded: "I'd say King's dream realized for MOST individuals: MOST kids don't see race at all until adults bring it up." But a mortgage broker from Atlanta said there's still work to be done: "This will always be on going- We have just turned a chapter."

While this week is certainly a time for hyperbole in Washington - the black tie balls, over-the-top security measures, and packed subway trains - it seems impossible to overstate King's words and their meaning for the incoming administration and their impact at this time in history.  

At the "We are One" concert on the National Mall Sunday, Irish rock star Bono noted that King's dream of equality isn't just for America. "It's an Irish dream, a European dream, and African dream, an Israeli dream, and a Palestinian dream," he said.


The new administration's declaration making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national day of service indicates that there's still all kinds of work to be done to make the country and the world a better place. USAService.org provides an easy way to find all kinds of opportunities in your local area - for today or any day. If you're participating in the call to service, share your stories here.  

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