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Production of the Reverend Dr. Mark. A great deal of applauding here a great deal of waving of placards and. The Martin Luther King.
Chant begins more women are waving handkerchiefs their way. As they greet Dr. Martin Luther King. Five years ago. A great American in whose symbolic. Shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This moment came as.
The flame just. Came. Back captivated 100. Is not free. One hundred years later. The life of the Negro is still sad and discrimination. One hundred years later they are in the midst of material prosperity 100 years later. Still languish in the American society
and finds himself in exile. So we've come here today to dramatize shameful conditions in a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic. Wrote the magnificent words the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence signing a promissory note. To America. This was a promise that all men. Yes. Black men as well as right men would be guaranteed the right to liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted
on this promise. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation America has given the Negro people a bad check. Check which is come back marked insufficient phone. Rang. He can. Either we refuse to believe that the bank of Justice is bankrupt. You to believe the found I insufficient the great opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this check check that we'll give up the problem demand the riches of freedom and the security of just the economy.
To this hallowed spot. To remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time. To engage to take the tranquilizing drug gradualism. The time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time. To round eyes from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial stuff. Now is the time. Thank. Rexan the race would end up close to the solid rock probably good now if the plan was.
To. It would be fatal for the nation. To overlook. This sweltering summer of the negro's legitimate discontent. Will not pass. Until that is an invigorating. 1963 is not an end but a beginning. To Hope. That the Negro needed to blow off steam. And will now be content. Will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. Was. Wrong. That would be neither Tran quit America. Until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The
winds continue to shake the foundations of our nation. Until the bright day. Of Justice emerges. But that is something that I must say to my people. Who stand to the Palace of Justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place. We must not be guilty of wrongful deed. Let us not seek to satisfy a thirst for freedom. By drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Thanks. But I have bought my plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow creative protests. To degenerate into physical again and again. We must
rise to the majestic heights. Of meeting physical force with. The new militant. Has engulfed the new community. Must not lead us to a distrust of white people. For many of our ride problems as evident by their presence they have come to realize that this and this. Thanks. Thank. You. Freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot. Walk Alone. That. We must make the plan. We shall always. March ahead. We cannot turn back. Asking the devotees of civil rights. When will you be
satisfied. We can never be satisfied as long as the victim of the police brutality. We can never be satisfied. As long as our body is hit with the foot. Travel. Cannot gain lodging in the motel to the highways and the hotel. The onc. We cannot be satisfied. As long as the new growth of basic mobility is from a smaller get. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of that have been robbed of their dignity by signs stating rights on. The wrong. Not being satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote
and a negro in New York you have nothing. No we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied and righteousness not the. Skin. Of some of you. Some of you have come fresh from our daily mail some of you have come from areas where you know press quest for freedom left you bowed out by the stall the persecution and
staggered by the when the police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. From Kenya to work with the phase. That honor and suffering. Is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi. Go back to Alabama go back to South Carolina go back to Georgia go back to Louisiana go back. To the slums and get tolls on northern cities. Knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the fallacy of despair. I say to you today my friend. We face today and.
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. Dream. That one day on the red. Sons of former slaves and the some from a slave owner will be able to sit down together with the people of brotherhood. I have a dream. That one day. Even the state of Mississippi a state.
Sweltering with. Injustice sweltering with think of oppression be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice I have a dream. 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 that character. How would you turn. Them. How about green in bed one dame. In our family with its vicious racists. With its governor. Having his lips dripping with the words of it to position the notification. One day right back in Alabama little black
bag will be able to join hands with a little pride and pride girls. Robert I have a dream. A dream that one day every family shall be exalted. Never healed unmounting should be made low the rough places will be made plain and decrepit places would be made straight and should be repealed and all. Right. This is our home. But I am back to the phone with this faith. We will be out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith. We will be able to transform the jangling gift cards of our nation into a beautiful symphony a problem with their 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 for you one day. This will be the day when all you'll be able to sing with new meaning My Country Tis of Thee. Sweet Land of Liberty you have not seen. Than a grandma fathers died now and 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 prodigiously hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mine to mountings and. Let freedom ring from the heightening out again is a Pennsylvania freedom ring from the snowcapped Rock in Colorado. Let freedom ring from the presidential slopes of California. Not only that.
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from freedom ring from every hill and moan heel of freedom. When we. When we know. That. We will fight will be able to. Recall.
March on Washington
I Have a Dream Speech: Martin Luther King, Jr.
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