The Congressional Black Caucus Honors a Civil Rights Legend
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Illinois)
When he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, he was factoring in 246 years of slavery and another 98 years of legal segregation and ongoing discrimination. Most thought he was confronted with two limited "change" options: the bloody and ineffective choice of violence or the weak and ineffective choice of gradualism and non-confrontation. He gave us a third path -- a life of non-violent active resistance and a willingness to endure unearned suffering.