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How Americans Live and Achieve MLK’s Dream Today

Sixty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital and shared his dream for America, delivering one of the most powerful and iconic speeches in our nation’s history.  

“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King painted a picture of equality where every American reaches their dreams, regardless of who they are or how their life began. Today, Americans continue fighting for their dreams and are sharing their stories with LEAD.  

Take Iowa Representative Eddie Andrews, for example. He has realized his American Dream by disregarding echo chambers and finding common ground with people different than him. While he is a staunch Republican, his wife is a devoted Democrat, and the couple meets in the middle to find solutions for the most complex issues. This personal experience has affected his work in public policy, too.  

Nonetheless,the two have worked together to find common ground, join forces, and create legislation to improve constituents’ lives. When Americans find mutual interests and shared purpose, like Rep. Andrews, we can work together despite our backgrounds, views, and beliefs to develop solutions for a better tomorrow. It is the American Dream.  

Today, our nation is vastly different than it was 60 years ago when Dr. King stood on those marble steps, but his words still ring true, which we continue to see today through the work and lives of fellow Americans. Together, we must be advocates for hope and structures that empower each person to achieve their American Dream.  

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Are you or someone you know helping others achieve their American Dream? We want to hear about it! Share your “I Have a Dream” story with us here.