MLK's Dream Now a Reality: 69% of Blacks

Majority of blacks say King's vision fulfilled; whites more skeptical
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 9:28 AM CST
Christine King Farris, sister Martin Luther King Jr., is embraced by her granddaughter Farris Watkins, 11, as she wipes away a tear after Barack Obama secured the 2008 presidential election.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – More than two-thirds of African Americans believe that the goals set out in Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech have been met, a CNN poll finds. That number has doubled since last March, to 69% from 34%. Although whites seem to still think race relations have a long way to go, optimism is up among them as well, at 46% compared to 35%.

Forty-five years ago, on the same spot where Barack Obama will be sworn in as president, King told a crowd on the Mall, "I have a dream that my four little children will 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."