"I Have A Dream" Foundation Celebrates
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation joins the nation in celebrating Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January to honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. King, one of America's great heroes and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech to thousands upon thousands from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His speech, which champions justice, peace, and equality for all human beings, has inspired millions around the world, including our founder, Eugene Lang, who was in the audience at the Washington Monument that memorable day.
In 1981, nearly twenty years later, Mr. Lang answered Dr. King's call to action by promising college tuition support to each sixth grader at P.S. 121, an East Harlem public school, to support their dreams of higher education. On graduation day, Mr. Lang urged each sixth grader at Public School 121 to pursue their own dreams and achieve their highest potential. He promised to support them in their journey.
Since Mr. Lang's original promise, over 200 "I Have A Dream" programs have operated in 28 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, together serving more than 15,000 Dreamers.
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation has also freely shared its model with others - individuals, corporations, churches, community groups, and government agencies - to generate other educational and support programs that help empower more children to succeed on their journey to and through college, and ultimately achieve their dreams.
We join the world in remembering Dr. King's powerful call to action, and thank him for inspiring the founding of our organization.