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Are We Any Closer To Realizing Dr. King’s Dream Than We Were 50 Years Ago?

Houston Matters discusses whether we’re any closer to living up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream than we were a generation ago.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - I Have A Dream Speech
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Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial where he gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday (Jan. 15), and this year (April 4) marks 50 years since the Civil Rights icon was killed.

King, of course, famously spoke of his dream that his children would one day live in a nation "where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Dr. King's children aside, is Greater Houston — by many measures the most diverse city in America — a manifestation of Dr. King's dream? Do we model a society that does, in fact, judge people by their character, regardless of race? Or are we just like every other U.S. city, despite our diversity, struggling to meet one another at face value?

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Dr. Christina Sisk from the University of Houston, Gordon Quan, vice chair of Asia Society’s Texas Center, and Dr. Assata Richards of Sankofa Research Institute, about what they see in Houston — both good and bad — and whether we're any closer to Dr. King's dream today than we were a generation ago.