Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. King’s speech is one of the most powerful and pivotal speeches in American History. The March, more specifically King’s speech, helped put civil rights at the top of the political agenda and provided hope to thousands of Americans that the American Dream held true for them, too.
My friends and I were brainstorming recent speeches that sparked social change and were as commanding as King’s, but we drew a blank. Was it because leaders aren’t giving monumental speeches anymore? That couldn’t be the case. After a little discussion, we concluded that things are different today. We have new resources to communicate our social and nonsocial messages to broader audiences. Access to various online channels allows everyone to share opinions.