Fifty years ago today, on April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged us to “stand with a greater determination” to make our nation “what it ought to be.” It was the last speech of his life, Dr. King’s final message to us.
America is not yet what it ought to be. There are still too many schools that lack the resources all students deserve, too many communities where working families are struggling, too many people—because of ethnicity or race or religion or gender or gender identity or sexuality—who are victims of prejudice and discrimination.
But in the many years since Dr. King’s “Mountaintop”–or “Promised Land”–speech, warriors for social justice continue to accept his challenge. We all have the opportunity and the responsibility to keep pushing this nation forward.