The Civil Writer Magazine

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Those were the words Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addressed to the crowd during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech mentioning the Alabama governor at that time George Wallace. 50 years later it has come true in the most evidentiary way when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice King held hands with Alabama's Jim Crow Governor George Wallace's daughter Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

Peggy's father George Wallace made a political career, usually on the national stage, as a man who opposed the advancement of rights for blacks, as well as the powers of the federal government. After notable clashes with Washington over school integration in Alabama, he took his campaign to the nation. On March 7, 1965, state troopers with dogs, whips and tear gas tangled blacks during a voter registration campaign who were marching from Selma to Montgomery. The violence, which an entire nation witnessed on television, helped mobilize enough support to enable President Johnson to win passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Although the King dream seems to slowly crawl through the years it still lives on and things are coming to fruition for many to partake of.