Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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" We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. 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. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back... And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, 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 today! 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.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with 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 when this happens, when we allow 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!"