With Jim Crow segregation, voting discrimination and rampant joblessness not yet in rear view, 1963 was a tough time to be black in America.

As we acknowledge the anniversary of the 1963 Martin Luther King’s March On Washington For Jobs & Freedom, a rally with parallel issues in mind, the Huffington Post has laid out a look at black life then and now to help you decide.

I Have a Dream Speech

Martin Luther King’s Address at March on Washington

August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Quotes from Martin Luther King Junior:

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

“Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice”

“We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”

“The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

“We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”

When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Junior March Infographic

Martin Luther King Inforgraphic

Via: Huffington Post