Friday, August 29, 2008

Not to take away from what The Man They Call BO has accomplished, but let's not lose sight of The Man Who Started It All, on August 28, 1963. When we teach Rhetoric, we always show this speech to The Kiddos. You can hear the man's backbone, propping up every delicious, dedicated syllable. Even our Jaded, Over-the-Top Cherubs react when they hear the Power Behind these Words.

"Because of his dedication to the cause of justice and his fight for human dignity, he wrestled with the soul of this nation and pushed it to reach for its greatest destiny. He injected new meaning into the very veins of our society and gave his life to make our democracy real."

--Congressman & Civil Rights Activist John Lewis, a close friend of Dr. King's

3 comments:

Veggie Mom said...

BO's speech was pretty moving last nite, no? I got goosebumps! But,I have to say, MLK's IHAD Speech always makes me cry--thanks for this stirring reminder!

Tara R. said...

I feel grateful that within my lifetime both Dr.King's speech, and the nomination of an African-American as major party candidate for president was possible. Regardless of anyone's political leanings, this is historic.

Melissa B. said...

Tara: Agree with you wholeheartedly! I'm a tad sad that I'm not teaching English this school year--Obama's speech would have been an uber-fine lesson in historical rhetoric!

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