The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., posed this very question in 1967 to the members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta. His own leadership helped achieve the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the desegregation of American schools and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But as America stood at an inflection point, the daunting task of moving forward remained unclear.
Today, more than 50 years after Dr. King’s notable query, the country, the world, continues to grapple with the answer. And though no one solution will bring this nation to the point where Blacks are no longer judged by the color of their skin, where systemic oppression is uprooted from every governmental structure and where equal justice is attainable for those who had no part in creating the system, Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan says she’s ready to move her state closer to that once-envisioned land.