50 years later, how close is the US to King’s dream?

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters during the March on Washington in 1963. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will speak at the same place. Here are nine measures on how far the US has come to King's dream. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


50 years later, how close is the US to King's dream?

A half-century after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech, how close is the United States to realizing his dream of racial equality?Here are nine key measures of the progress — or lack thereof.Wages: Still a struggleGetty Images1960s: Forty percent of black Americans lived in poverty, according to 1966 Census data, and raising the minimum wage was a central component for organizers of the March on Washington. They called for a national minimum hourly wage the …

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