Dream and History. The ideas and modernity of Martin Luther King
lecturer Prof. Paolo Naso
On April 4th, fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, a Baptist minister and a leading African-American civil-rights activist, was murdered by a white supremacist.
All his non-violent battles against racial segregation were fought in the name of Mahatma Gandhi. Since the mid-fifties, King’s memorable actions played a key role in eradicating such great social ills as racism, poverty and war. A true icon of the XX century, the historic I have a dream speech King delivered to 300,000 people during the March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, rang as a call to all those who wanted a fairer world. But what is left of that dream today?