Deze week 50 jaar geleden, op 28 augustus 1963, hield Martin Luther King deze beroemde rede. Ik herinner me dat ik hem, zo´n 7 jaar later, in mijn schoolagenda had geplakt. ‘In’ was toen een Rijam agenda, met een soort linnen omslag in verschillende kleuren verkrijgbaar. We versierden elke bladzij met van alles en nog wat en ik had dus deze tekst als een soort statement van politiek bewustzijn gebruikt.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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. I have a dream today.