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I Have a Dream

Posted by Don Borchelt on Monday, January 18, 2010

The words of the Reverand Martin Luther King, taken from his famous speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963:

"We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone."

"As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. 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. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream..."

"I have a dream..."



5 comments on “I Have a Dream”

Monday, January 18, 2010 @1:05:53 PM

I often think of this, as my mostly younger countryman often lose Martin's focus, I was there and see the truth of his thoughts every where around me Only in America can such mighty paths be forged. Sincerely, Steve

edavidt Says:
Monday, January 18, 2010 @5:10:59 PM

We cannot walk alone. And we can never be satisfied until all people, all over the world, are free of oppression.

I sometimes ask my self "Where are the Martin Luther Kings today?" Are they here, but I just don't recognize them? Or, are they consumed by the political and corporate machinery the moment they begin to emerge? Or, are they waiting for the right moment.

When I think of freedom on a global basis, there is a much longer road to travel than the civil rights road we have traveled here in this country. We need him as much as ever. More than ever.

FretlessinTexas Says:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @4:17:36 AM

A rare visionary. He understood how the rule of law and non violence would propel the cause. A great man.

Couchie Says:
Monday, February 22, 2010 @6:39:43 AM

We must keep the dream alive.....

calico Says:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @3:56:52 AM

An amazing man very much akin to Nelson Mandela in South Africa men of vision and non violence,You cannoy but admire them

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