The Content of Their Character

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

– Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963

What has been most disappointing since I first heard this speech decades ago, is how often I see people in leadership positions, failing miserably when their character is what they ought to be conveying into public service.

What thrills me the most since I first heard this speech is the scores of young people approaching adulthood who know how to walk the talk.

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Post-partisan eco-socialist. at Politics, Re-Spun
Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website,

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2 thoughts on “The Content of Their Character”

  1. Interesting little tidbit from Crooks And Liars this morning:

    …wherein MLK comes in second in a popularity contest. Much bleating about virtues, principles, morals, until it comes time to put it all into practise. We don’t seem to choose our role models and the objects of our admiration all that wisely.

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