A new AP-GfK poll finds that 77 percent of respondents believe America has made "significant progress toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality," roughly equivalent to the percentage of those who responded in 2006, more than two years before President Barack Obama became president.
Twenty-two percent of those surveyed said that there has been "no significant progress" in reaching racial equality.
At the same time, however, 69 percent of Americans said they did not plan to do anything to commemorate Dr. King's national holiday, while 30 percent said they would. Yet 74 percent of those asked said the day should remain a holiday.
As to theories on why the number of those surveyed who indicated that progress had been made toward fulfilling King's dream has remained the same, even though the country elected its first African-American president, Rutgers University history professor William Jelani Cobb had the following to say:
Here's video of King's "I Have a Dream" speech:
The violent rhetoric we've seen directed towards [Obama] diminishes the initial sentiment that we've made great progress because of the election.
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