By George Anderson
People around the nation yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Reverend King’s widow, Coretta Scott King said, “Martin’s call to interracial brotherhood and sisterhood has enduring resonance because it speaks so eloquently to the longing for unity that resides in the hearts of all people of good will,” she said. “He painted a dazzling word picture of a multicultural democracy of the America that could be, the America that should be.”
Moderator’s Comment: Have the retail and consumer goods
industries reached Martin Luther King’s goal? Are people (customers, employees
and vendors) judged by the content of their character and not the color of their
Despite, conscientious efforts by many and, in some cases,
great strides being made within the industry, the type of diversity envisioned
by Dr. King is still a long way from being a reality.
Anderson – Moderator]