Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independencethey were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.
Click player below or here for audio of the content in red asterisks. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. Five score years ago, a great Americanin whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. I have a dream today! Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds.
And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.
We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: We cannot walk alone. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and 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.BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard.
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