Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 speech at the Lincoln Memorial to a huge gathering of Americans of all races who had marched to the US capitol peacefully calling for racial equality.
Yesterday’s speech was a towering gesture by President Obama. He rose to the occasion, in substance, urgency, tone and dignity as he addressed thousands who gathered today in commemoration of the historic March on Washington. Most of all President Obama called for courage and respect for the dignity of citizens “of every race and every region, every faith and every station”.
As a trustee of Dr King’s Alma Mata, More house College, it was a proud moment. Earlier this year, I was at the Commencement Ceremony which President Obama addressed, and we very much linked his historic visit to the college, also, to yesterday’s event. I have had the privilege to meet President Obama, since before he came to office and I have always felt a deep sense of a man of his time; a really a good man. This speech is a historic tribute to a great man, by a great man.
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa