Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A pioneer for not only the African American race, but for America - and the world at-large. King's life was so filled with accomplishments, sermons, marches, round-table discussions, debates, Senate hearings, sit-in's, and boycotts that we observe it all nationally for a day.
However the remembrance, it is more like a lifetime for those whose lives were impacted.
Of all the exploits and accomplishments King broke through throughout his 39 years on earth, one that epitomized his permanence was a speech given on August 28th, 1963. The speech, entitled "I Have A Dream", was delivered in demand of racial equality and discrimination.
At the time, the speech was an effort to push the Kennedy administration to advance civil rights legislation in Congress. Effectively, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 went through. This law was defined as the banning of discrimination based on "race, color, religion, or national origin" in employment practices and public accommodations.
This was the snowball's effect for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (restored and protected voting rights), the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965 (opened entry to the U.S. to immigrants other than traditional European groups), and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (banned discrimination in the sale or rental of housing).
These are all just footnotes in the multistory novel that was Dr. Martin Luther King. So, today in remembrance of a life that transcended mankind, we watch the speech that touch more lives than perhaps any speech given in life or fantasy.