Has Martin Luther King’s Dream Been Realised?

Wednesday 28 August 2013, 9.18pm | VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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This month sees the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. On 28 August 1963, civil rights campaigners marched on Washington to secure equality before the law. Today, America’s first black president sits in the White House, yet more African-Americans are on probation, parole or in prison than there were slaves in 1850. In the UK, 45% of young black people are unemployed as opposed to 20% of young whites. Meanwhile support for European far right organisations like Golden Dawn is growing.

On the anniversary of his seminal speech, Versus brought together five global voices to discuss Dr. King’s legacy (credit dennis). To what extent has his dream been realised? Are Muslims now the new targets of racism post-9/11? And will racism still be blighting us in 50 years’ time?

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Ron ChristieRon Christie

Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Assistant to Dick Cheney for domestic policy. His most recent title is Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal


Sohail DaulatzaiSohail Daulatzai (via Google+ Hangouts)

Associate Professor of African American Studies at University of California, Irvine and author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America


David LammyDavid Lammy

Labour MP, former Minister for Higher Education and rising political star. Author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots


Alana LentinAlana Lentin (via Google+ Hangouts)

Writer on race and racism, senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, and co-author of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age


Benjamin ZephaniahBenjamin Zephaniah

Celebrated writer and dub poet. Author of numerous poetry collections, novels and plays for adults and children. He is a prominent anti-racism advocate




Kenan MalikKenan Malik

Writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Author of Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate




All speakers subject to change.