A Shared Dream

Today, we recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his struggle for equality that continues to this day.

In 1963, the March on Washington inspired over 250,000 Americans to come to the nation’s capital for that “Greatest Demonstration of Freedom.” Decades later, countless Americans are still waiting to realize that promise.

I was born 32 years after Dr. King gave that speech, and sadly, opportunities were still being denied to my community, forced into failing schools that would be the first step toward unemployment, prison, or worse. Luckily, I found a way out – and I want to make sure every student has that chance.

In this short video, you can hear my story about what opportunity means to me and why I fight so hard to bring the same chances to other students.


Every child deserves the chance to thrive, no matter their creed, color, or zip code. For too many years, that opportunity has been denied to many children, especially kids who come from communities like mine. The status quo carries out the legacy of discrimination and redlining to this day, arbitrarily picking success based on finances or luck, not the content of your character.

I work every day to change that, and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you standing behind us.

Let’s keep fighting to realize Dr. King’s dream for generations to come.


Walter Blanks, Jr.

Press Secretary