March on Washington at 50: How We’re #AdvancingtheDream

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Elvert Barnes
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Elvert Barnes

During coverage of the August 24 March on Washington celebrations, MSNBC asked viewers to share on Twitter how they were advancing Dr. King’s dream in their lives and work. #AdvancingtheDream became a trending topic on Twitter and Instagram, with people around the world sharing how they bring us closer to realizing a more just, humane world each day.

At Vanguard, we also wanted to join the conversation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Here’s how Vanguardians are keeping the dream moving forward.


I’m #advancingthedream (#promoviendoelsueño) by …

Amy: Working for a firm that tackles civil rights issues and fights for equitable access to health care, education and wellness.

Brandi: Working with causes and organizations who fight for justice and social change every single day.

Brenda: Working to ensure that every single child, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, health, economic status or sexual orientation, receives a high-quality education that leads to a fulfilling, purposeful life.

Brittany: Striving to always make others feel included regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, health, economic status or sexual orientation.

Crystal: Considering others by the content of their characters and not by any other unfair, biased criteria, such as race, ethnicity, religion, health, economic status or sexual orientation.

Deanna: Raising my family in the city, where my kids live and learn side-by-side with people of many different races and ethnicities, language abilities, sexual orientations, and socio-economic realities.

Helen: Being part of a family in which each generation is more deliberately color-blind than the last.

Jane: Serving on the board of a school in the heart of Washington, D.C., which teaches children to do what Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

Kathy: Spreading the word of the injustice of profiling people and animals — whether it be racial, sexual, cultural, religious, or by species or breed — and practicing what I preach.

Kiran: Remembering every day that the U.S. is NOT a #postracial country … but it can be.

Leah: Living and working in strongest measure for diversity and inclusion by understanding culture and community go hand in hand with working for social change and social justice. Viviendo y trabajando en la medida más fuerte para diversidad e inclusión entendiendo la cultura y la comunidad van de la mano con el trabajo para cambio social y justicia social.

LeAnne: Teaching my kids that wonderful human beings come in all colors.

Maria: Partnering with an amazing group of colleagues to promote social justice each and every day.

Stephanie: Remembering that sacrifice is the difference between a moment and a movement.

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