Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by WorldAffairs
Fifty years ago today, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that he shared with a nation. More than 200,000 people marched on Washington to share the dream with him.
"I say to you today, my friends, though, 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."'
To delve more deeply into the history of the civil rights movement, to share Dr. King's political and spiritual journey, and to read more of his stirring speeches, check out the following titles:
Eyes on the Prize Warriors Don't Cry
"...I have a dream that my four little 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."
"...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!"
"...When we allow freedom to 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 a-mighty, we are free at last!"
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