The Moment

11|04|08: Chicago

In 1963, when Barack Hussein Obama was a toddler and his mother's marriage was illegal in 19 states, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech. But before he got to the part about his dream, he asked himself a rhetorical question: "When will you be satisfied?"

King knew how long he would remain unsatisfied. As long as motels were off limits to blacks; as long as his children read signs saying FOR WHITES ONLY. "We cannot be satisfied," King declared, "as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing...

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