Dr. Kings waves to the crowd on that landmark day -- August 28, 1963. | Image credit: Getty Images/ABC News

Dr. King waves to the crowd on that landmark day, August 28, 1963. | Image credit: Getty Images/ABC News

We pause today to honor the courage and vision of a hero. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may your legacy live on in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. We still have far to go on the journey, but we’re still committed to the path. Thank you, sir, for sharing your dream and leading us in a song of freedom:

” … This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'” © Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc.  (View the entire text of Dr. King’s famous speech here and on display at The King Center.)

As I share this tribute with all our StyleBlueprint sister cities, I write from Atlanta, the hometown of Dr. King. Our city commemorates his life and work with a variety of landmarks — on your next trip to Atlanta, tour these monuments to civil rights :

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