One needs just to look at the last 7 years in America to see a major fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. The election of Barack Obama, an African-American—a black man to the nation’s highest office, President of the United States, 40 years after Dr. King’s death. His words ring so prophetically from the speech the night before his assassination: “And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
In addition to the election of President Obama, Dr. King’s dream can be seen in all aspects of society. The hiring of qualified minorities and women as workers and CEO's in Fortune 500 companies, as coaches and managers of major American sports teams, as chancellors and superintendents in higher and lower education, as well as the election of qualified minorities as mayors and governors, and the appointments of qualified minorities in other high government and military positions as well as state and local government and law enforcement positions.
Here are more tangible examples of the fruition of Dr Kings’s dream of a more inclusive society: Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Advisor, General Colin Powell, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Eleana Kagen, and Sonia Sotomayor; Mayors David Dinkins in New York and Harold Washington in Chicago; and Maritza Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo, to name a few.
Dr. King's influence continues today with peaceful demonstrations and protests on many levels in this country.