MLK 2013 Kick-off Event: La Fuerza - The Influence of Latinos in American Culture & Politics

The Legacy of Cesar Chavez and the Evolution of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Dream

Over the past 50 years, Dr. King’s dream has evolved as others shared in it. The narrative of the speech shifted from "I Have A Dream" to "We Have A Dream," as individuals and organizations worked to bring fruition to his vision. The goals of the 1963 March on Washington have evolved to include demands for health care for all and for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Though Dr. King's speech centered on the African American population, it is now echoed by Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, the poor, the disabled and all groups that are systematically excluded from the American Dream. The dream has evolved from equality to equity, from representation to valuing diversity, from tolerance to appreciation and from the right to vote to governing as the head of state.

Join us as Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez and political rights activist talks with a panel of experts about the changing demographics of American Politics and Culture and how the growing Latino population is helping to shape the evolution of Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream.