Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM ET
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he dreamed that one day, "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as brothers and sisters." Certainly we still have a ways to go to achieve true equality in America, but has that part of his dream, at least, come true?
Take a look at these photos and decide. We asked readers to share photos of their children reflecting the ideal of Dr. King's vision: children of all different races playing together.
For many families out there, Dr. King's words have literally come true. Their children come in all different skin tones, and join not only hands but hearts.
Other parents proudly sent in photos of their children playing with friends of other races.
While in Dr. King's day these interracial friendships may have been unusual, even taboo, especially in places where segregation was the law of the land, today these photos and the friendships they reflect seem totally unremarkable.
Thanks to everyone who sent in wonderful photos of children doing what comes naturally to them -- judging others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We should all follow their lead.
Have a good Martin Luther King Day, everyone.
Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at the march on Washington of August 28, 1963:
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 the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.