Today we celebrate and honor the birth and memory of a man known as, and remembered as, the face of the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s.  A movement that sought to tear down the walls of reconstruction and Jim Crow that perpetuated segregation 100 years after emaciation!  Walls that were deliberately built NOT to enhance UNITY but to perpetuate disunity and partitions.

We celebrate a man who was an inspirational speaker! He was a linguist and orator whose words more than 50 years after his death continue to inspire us. He was a man whose words inspired a whole generation of peaceful activists, some of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of justice and equality.

Today we honor a man who, thru peaceful means, brought about change to our lives, not only in this country but also in the world. He was a man who lead the fight for the civil, economic, and human rights for the downtrodden, oppressed, poor and hungry; AND in doing so raised our collective conscious and lifted us all up.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a DREAM! A dream for a people, for all people, for our Country.  A dream that all people were born with certain unalienable rights. Rights that say we were ALL equal under the laws of this nation! All equal no matter our socioeconomic status, our nation of birth, our educational background, or our health status. All equal not matter the God we pray to, or whether we choose to pray, and no matter who we love. A dream that a person was judged NOT by the color of their skin but by the content of their character!

Today the Hillsborough County Democratic Party celebrates the life and legacy of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.