Most African-Americans believe King's vision fulfilled: poll
More than two-thirds of African- Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for race relations has been fulfilled, according to a survey released Monday ahead of the inauguration of the nation's first African- American president, Xinhua reported.
The CNN poll found 69 percent of blacks said King's vision has been fulfilled during the 45 years since his 1963 "I have a dream" speech.
The new figure roughly doubled the 34 percent who agreed with that assessment in a similar CNN poll taken in March 2008.
The survey indicates that Whites remain less optimistic, but the number of whites saying the dream has been fulfilled has also gone up since March, from 35 percent to 46 percent.
In the 1963 speech, delivered to a civil rights rally in Washington, King said, "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."
Monday is the Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. federal holiday that commemorates the Jan. 15, 1929, birth of King.
The CNN poll was conducted on January 12-15 among 1,245 adult Americans, including 798 whites and 332 blacks.