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Forty-five years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech in which he laid out his vision of what our country wasn’t yet but could one day be. It was a moment that ignited the imagination and hope of many Americans. Later today part of that dream will be fulfilled as Barack Obama accepts the nomination for the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Pundits will dissect the content of his speech and how it went over. And some will question whether Obama’s undeniable celebrity status is his primary appeal. But Chicago writer and journalist Tom Montgomery-Fate thinks there’s much more that draws people to Barack Obama.


Used with permission of Chicago Public Radio. Originally broadcast on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight.