ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Many across the country will pause Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech.
Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis will ring its bells at two o’clock this afternoon as part of the nationwide “Let Freedom Ring” movement. Dean Mike Kinman says the nation has come a long way since that day.
“We rob ourselves of our own greatness as a nation. We are at our greatest as a nation when we help each other,” he says.
Kinman adds that the nation also has a long way to go.
“Part of this is waking up people who do have power, people who do have privilege, to say ‘this struggle isn’t over’ and it’s those of us who have power and privilege that can use that power and privilege to help those who don’t.,” he says.
Kinman believes the front line of the civil rights struggle today is education which is why Christ Church Cathedral is opening a charter school.
“We can fool ourselves into thinking the problem can be solved and one of the dangers of the fiftieth anniversary is that we can think it’s all about nostalgia, about remembering this struggle that has been and is no longer,” Kinman says. “We’re really clear that this isn’t about nostalgia, this is about a continuing movement.”