“…We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America. Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson scratched across the pages of history the majestic word of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. For more than two centuries our foreparents labored here without wages; they made cotton king; and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of brutal injustice and shameful humiliation — and yet out of a bottomless vitality our people continue to thrive and develop….”
–From Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963. MLK, who would have turned 92 today had his life not been cut short by racist violence, could well have lived to see an African American woman inaugurated as our Vice President next week.