In the usual run of magazines, there are some issues that are destined to become keepsakes, saved for posterity and capsulizing a moment in our collective consciousness. The 9-11 issue of The New Yorker, with its stark missing towers, or the Newsweek cover of September 1977, with its decidedly human and non-glamorous deceased Princess Diana, are two such volumes.
These issues make us pause, hold our breaths and remember what brings us together…and what still drives us apart.
The recent issue of Time commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washing could, maybe should, rank up there among the lasting editions of our shared history.
With heavy-hitting contributors, previously unreleased imagery of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlights of the “I Have a Dream” speech, this issue has gravitas at a point when Time could sure use some. The “I Have a Dream Anniversary Issue” is rich, deeply written and poignantly delivered.
While they’ve covered some weighty social issues in recent editions, there have been claims that the magazine is dumbing down or even censoring itself for the American public.
It’s nice to see them step up to the challenge and put some serious meat on the bones of our racial past, present and future, while honoring the advancements made in social justice.