‘Advancing the Dream’ - continuing the legacy of Dr. King

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Martin Luther King Jr. waves to the crowd at the March on Washington in August of 1963, where he gave his famous "I have a dream..." speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. waves to the crowd at the March on Washington in August of 1963, where he gave his famous "I have a dream..." speech.

It’s been fifty years since Dr. King first gave his famous speech in which he uttered four inspirational words: “I have a dream…” and in honor of that dream, PoliticsNation and Rev. Al Sharpton will spend the summer highlighting the stories of those are continuing the struggle to achieve that dream.

We kicked off that initiative on Sunday’s show, live from Essence Fest, unveiling our brand new Advancing the Dream Facebook application.

If you head to our Facebook page, you can read some of the stories we’re featuring from guests who’ve appeared on PoliticsNation in the past. That includes Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of legendary civil rights activist Medgar Evers who dedicated her life to continuing the work that she and her husband started together in the 1950’s.

The nonagenarian Dorothy Cooper also made our list for her spirit and persistence in the face of voter suppression. When Tennessee Republicans passed a new restrictive voter ID law in 2011, she suddenly discovered that she could no longer vote, but after multiple trips to her local Drivers Services center, and some outside help, she ultimately got her ID, while sharing her story to highlight how voter ID laws help to suppress the vote.

If you know of someone in your community who’s helping to Advance the Dream, go to our Facebook page now to share their story.

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'Advancing the Dream' - continuing the legacy of Dr. King

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