Theme: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All
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Oklahoma is keeping its tradition in celebrating Law Day in a big way. We have continued our annual art and writing contests for students. Also, we will put together an informative television show, highlighting the important impact lawyers have on the lives of individuals and the law.
This year’s theme is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The theme was selected because the year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law.