I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the
difficulties and frustrations of the moment,
I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply
rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation
will rise up and live out the true meaning
of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia
the sons of former slaves and the sons of former
slaveowners will be able to sit down together
at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state
of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with
the heat of injustice and oppression, will be
transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four 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.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama,
whose governor's lips are presently
dripping with the words of interposition and
nullification, will be transformed into a situation
where little black boys and black girls
will be able to join hands with little white boys
and white girls and walk together
as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be
exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made plain, and the
crooked places will be made straight, and the glory
of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall
see it together.
This is our hope.
This is the faith with which I return to the South.
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the
mountain of despair a stone of hope.
With this faith we will be able to transform
the jangling discords of our nation into a
beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to work together,
to pray together, to struggle together,
to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together,
knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children
will be able to sing with a new meaning,
"My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty,
of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside,
let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation
this must become true. So let freedom ring from
the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains
of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening
Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped
Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from
Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill
of Mississippi. From every mountainside,
let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring
from every village and every hamlet, from every
state and every city, we will be able to speed
up that day when all of God's children, black men
and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and
Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing
in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
"Free At Last! Free At Last!
Thank God Almighty, We Are Free At Last!"
I Have a Dream.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.~
August 28, 1963
During 1963 Dr Martin Luther King led protests in Birmingham,
Alabama, for desegregated department store facilities
and fair hiring. He was arrested in April 1963 after he
demonstrated in defiance of a court order.
April 16, 1963 whilst being held in jail,
Martin Luther King wrote "Letter From Birmingham Jail."
This eloquent letter, later widely circulated, became a
classic of the civil-rights movement.
On August 28, 1963 some 250,000 civil-rights supporters
attended the March on Washington, where at
the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jnr.
delivered the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929
at his family home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Martin Luther King was an eloquent Baptist minister
and leader of the civil-rights movement in
America from the Mid-1950s until his death
by assassination in 1968.
Martin Luther King promoted non-violent means
to achieve civil-rights reform and was awarded
the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot by
James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony
of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
He was only 39 at the time of his death.
Martin Luther King Jr. birthday (January 15th)
is now a federal holiday in USA.
He will always be remembered for his courage,
standing up for what he believed in
and fighting injustice and inequality.
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