Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words, spoken exactly 50-years ago today, have been etched into the conscience of America. At Mount Rushmore, visitors were reminded of Dr. King's message in a ceremony to mark the milestone.
"I think some of that speech challenged American from a moral standpoint and threw down a gauntlet that said we can be better than we are and we can do this much better than we are," Malcom Chapman said.
Chapman opened the ceremony with a speech of his own before ringing a bell at exactly one-o'clock to mark the time Dr. King took to the podium at the foot of the Lincoln Monument in Washington D.C. back in 1963.
Visitors to Mount Rushmore were also able to see newsreels taken from the speech and leave behind their own dream for the country. For many, it was a moving experience.
"It rang true with me, and even the verses in his speech, they rang true with me, too, and that's why I was clapping," Mount Rushmore visitor Shirley Ogata said.
Even though many believe there's been progress in the civil right's movement over the last 50-years, for others the movement isn't finished.
"Yes, indeed, in his speech he was encouraging us all to remember that the fight still goes on and humans have all their frailties," Ogata said.
"It's not on someone else to do this work. It's on each and every one of us to contribute however we can in advancing that dream," Chapman said.