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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Music Video Wednesday - 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Fifty years ago today Doctor Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in Washington D.C.  His oratory gifts were clearly on display that day as he appealed to the nation and announced to the world the need for America to live up to its ideals as expressed in The Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The 1950's era was clearly over and the 60's was here.  This would be a turbulent decade which a few months later saw another warrior for peace, John F. Kennedy assassinated.  Followed five years later with the murders of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. (I often wonder how different things would have been if any of those three men or all of them had lived)
 America is a great country and we are at our best when we aspire to live up to the great ideals mapped out by our founding fathers with a nod towards remembering the lessons of history.
For my musical selection today I am offering a two-fer, Bob Dylan with one of his famous songs from the early 60's - The Times They Are a Changin' and  U2's - Pride (In the name of Love).  The first as Dylan was a herald to the change that was about to take hold over the nation.  U2 because this was their tribute to Dr. King as well as a powerful song.
Let Freedom Ring.


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