With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday upon us, ESPN celebrated by airing a series of Content of Character vignettes — 16 in English and five in Spanish — from Jan. 14-21. The 30-45 second vignettes, with commentary from various people in the world of sports, reflect upon — among other things — the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. King. Nación ESPN co-host David Faitelson says: “The legacy of Dr. King should be an essential part of our daily life. It is a legacy of freedom, hope, and faith. At the same time, it is a reminder of the struggle we have in search of the country Dr. King dreamt of, and the country we all want to leave behind for generations to come.”
He shared more thoughts with Front Row.
In your opinion, how do Hispanics relate to Martin L. King Jr.’s speech and that particular time?
Hispanics that live and work for this country sustain the same struggle that MLK referred to in his speech. And it is true: There is plenty left to do. The words of Dr. King mean, ultimately, the blood that goes through our veins and nourishes our spirit. A Hispanic that has been a victim of discrimination, violence, and persecution in the 21st century knows there is an unfailing example of struggle and survival. When MLK spoke, he didn’t do it to a specific group, he did it in the name of all human beings that dream for a fairer world for all. “That even though we encounter the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream: It is a dream profoundly ingrained in the American dream that one day this nation will truly rise up and live through its faith….”
What does the “I Have a Dream” speech mean to you?
The pursuit of liberty and justice are the principal highlights of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The flame of Dr. King is still alive. It heats our soul and our dream of a nation of liberty, respect, and justice. Let’s keep that flame burning, that is our last hope of the transformation that one day will come.