Today, the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream Speech, I rode my bike to the State of Georgia’s Capitol for an unveiling of a statue of Atlanta’s most famous native son. The governor said he changed our nation through nonviolence and his devotion to love, not hate. He said that although much progress has been made since his famous speech, much yet remains as we continue to reconcile our history with our hearts.
MLK’s daughter, the Reverend Bernice King, delivered a fiery speech that suggested today would serve as a model for other states in how to do that. She added, “It is a glorious day in the State of Georgia, in the United States of America, and all over the world.”
I circumnavigated the building after the ceremony and can confirm there was not one protestor anywhere. I even ran into a city councilmember from my own suburb-city. With all the hell going on in the world, for one brief moment, I felt a flicker of hope — and dare I say, pride — about this Capitol improvement.