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[MLK] Martin Luther King Day

Every year on Martin Luther King [1] Day, I listen to the “I have a dream” speech [2]. I never stop marveling how Dr. King’s oratory skills could inspire so much [3] and still continue to inspire.

Yet according to a recent Gallup poll [4]:

On this 23rd celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, new Gallup polling finds most Americans hesitant to say the goals of King and the 1960s civil rights movement, more broadly, have been achieved. Just 43% say all or most of the goals have been achieved while 51% say only some of the goals have been achieved; another 3% say almost none have.

Still, perceptions of progress on civil rights are more positive today than they were a decade ago. In January 1997, only 26% of Americans were generally upbeat, saying all or most of the goals of King and the 1960s civil rights movement had been met, while 70% were more cautious.