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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/16/2017 09:28 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/16/2017 09:28 AM
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. "I Have A Dream" Speech As Delivered August 28, 1963

Washington, DC...As we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. federal holiday we thought it was appropriate to share with you his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. It was delivered on August 28, 1963. We have the full text of the speech and video as well. "I Have a Dream" Speech Text.....I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity......


But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

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 of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also 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 off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who 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. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. 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. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And 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 self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign 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."¹
martin luther king I have a dream speech

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned 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 ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

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 that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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.

I have a dream today!

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.

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."²

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this 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 free one day.

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 if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

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!³

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 09:45:15   By: Anonymous
Thank You MLK

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    Posted on: 2017-01-17 06:01:28   By: Anonymous
    GOODBYE and don't let the door hit you in the backside, now GIT! ! !

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 09:51:09   By: Anonymous
My hope in Dr. Martin Luther King is that he would never had supported the groups of radical marchers that we see today! If so, I would never had supported his causes! His, I have A Dream movement has become a place for communists, and America haters to use his movement to trash the America that most of us love! That is why Hillary lost, enough is enough!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 09:51:43   By: Anonymous
Courageous man. Always believed in actions through non-violence, which when looking back must have been incredibly difficult. One has to wonder what MLK would think of the president elect's actions. Take some time and watch "I have a Dream" if you never have done so.

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    Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:09:04   By: Anonymous
    you must be a 50/50!

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      Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:10:57   By: Anonymous
      ^ Thank You MLK, For What!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:14:42   By: Anonymous
I wonder if Dr. King would have thought Barry was good for America? He had 8 years to move race relations forward, he did nothing but praise law breakers, police haters, etc.! I'm in my 70's, and the race relations now are more like they we're in the 60's, we have gone backwards 90%! Creating hate in this country falls onObama!

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    Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:25:03   By: Anonymous
    Maybe it's just you listening to your "news" and your peers. I bet you don't have one friend who is not white. You know it's true;)

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      Posted on: 2017-01-16 11:23:17   By: Anonymous
      + 1

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Knock it Off
Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:35:56   By: Anonymous
Gloop you better quit sexually molesting my sheep.

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    Re: Knock it Off
    Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:43:59   By: Anonymous

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      Re: Knock it Off
      Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:57:49   By: Anonymous
      Probably the tightest gloop ever had.

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        Re: Knock it Off
        Posted on: 2017-01-16 11:35:37   By: Anonymous
        Gloop how's the Fragrance?

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    Going Backwards
    Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:53:11   By: Anonymous
    The Republicans led by SCOTUS Roberts are forcing the Civil Rights movement backwards. Roberts gutted the voting protections in the Civil Rights bill, which led to Voter ID Crosscheck and ultimately cost Clinton the election by denying 3 million legal minority voters their vote. Jim Crow is back, as well as a White backlash, all started by the Roberts decision denying the reality of racism in America.
    yes Justice Roberts racism is alive and well, as trump supporters have shown. The KKK endorsed trump, as well as other White Power leaders.

    America is going backwards for now, a sad short term regression, unless you are a racist, then you are riding high for the moment.

    Jeff Sessions well known for his racism, will be the Atty General , a travesty in the eyes of those who want an equal America. A Conservative SCOTUS will uphold racist policies such as Voter ID, Crosscheck, and 11 other Republicans schemes, the only way they can "win" elections.

    This racist period in American history, will die out , as justice eventually wins, but for now, the last gasp of racism has reared it's ugly head.

    The Racists Say They Are Christians, Are They? Find That In Your Bible

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      Re: Going Backwards
      Posted on: 2017-01-16 18:32:59   By: Anonymous
      CrossCheck again! Stop trunk to sell your bull here, not a single major news outlets will even touch the story because it's BS, even MSNBC and Huffington. This "racism" you speak of is hate speech.

      Dr. King was am amazing, peaceful Christian. One of my heroes in American history. Your hate spewing is appalling. You are race baiting and your ignorance is unbelievable. Using his speech to promote your lies and hate is sickening.

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        Re: Going Backwards
        Posted on: 2017-01-17 11:44:07   By: Anonymous
        Bunch of dumb Nagers in here!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:43:09   By: Anonymous
It's obvious race relations are not perfect. But race relations are better than they were prior to the Civil Rigjts Movement. We knew electing our first black president would test race relations and it has and not by the fault of the president himself.

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    Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:49:48   By: Anonymous
    What I know is, if you want to get a true measure of racial relations in America, an old retired fart from Calaveras County is not the person you want to ask. It's like asking a 5 year old girl from Harlem what she thinks about the upcoming fishing season.

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      Posted on: 2017-01-16 14:25:04   By: Anonymous
      The 5 year old would ask if the bugle mouth trout are biting!

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    Posted on: 2017-01-16 16:57:57   By: Anonymous
    Try to say that after a sack of Astro-Burgers, a large order of fries, and a mango Splunkie!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 10:43:49   By: Anonymous
I had a dream last night you're all dead.

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Posted on: 2017-01-16 11:17:49   By: Anonymous
Mr. King would have been ashamed and disgusted by today's rhetoric from the so called activists that populate the "progressive" left.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 11:38:41   By: Anonymous
RIP, James Earl Ray

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    Posted on: 2017-01-16 12:15:28   By: Anonymous
    Nice troll bait. However James Earl Day was likely a pawn played by conservatives in assasinating MLK. I challenge anyone to research it extensively. It's both shocking and sad.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 15:38:27   By: Anonymous
Wonder how many broken legs and arms back in 1963 from slipping on banana peels

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    Republican Party
    Posted on: 2017-01-16 16:32:11   By: Anonymous
    The GOP has a racist element to be sure.
    The Democratic party is racist crap is just that, shi* heard on Fox, where the manure flies 24/7.
    A look at the bills, and laws such as election laws in Republican states now, and you see institutional racism. This racism was how trump in a severely flawed election was able to pull off his con. He didn't win, the election was a fraud because of 27 states denying minorities their legal vote. Party over country is the game, of, by , for, the Big $ , the corporate SCOTUS, soon will cement the trend, brought to you by another fraudulent election- 2000, and the "felons list" in Fla , now Crosscheck in 27 states.
    The Democrats were absent at the wheel, to let Crosscheck be used in the 27 states, the media absent, their corporate masters wanted no Bernie Sanders, or fair voting, they would lose.

    Illegitimate president

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      Posted on: 2017-01-16 16:45:16   By: Anonymous

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        trump look in the mirror
        Posted on: 2017-01-16 17:22:42   By: Anonymous
        A liar and cheat? trump is the one.
        lied and cheated on his wives.
        He didn't pay contractors on many jobs.

        If you like a liar and cheat- Donnie is your guy.

        Wait till the shi^ hits the fan on so many issues, let alone his Russia Love
        NATO is in Poland, Norway, so King Donnie says NATO needs to be ended.

        Manchurian Candidate

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          Re: trump look in the mirror
          Posted on: 2017-01-16 18:35:16   By: Anonymous
          Still better than Hillary.

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        Posted on: 2017-01-16 19:11:32   By: Anonymous
        Speaking of crooks trump is a liar and what happened to the tax returns your an idiot

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      Re: Republican Party
      Posted on: 2017-01-16 18:39:27   By: Anonymous
      Read history of Republican and democratic parties from the beginning. The Dems were the party of slavery and have replaced slavery with government handouts

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        Re: Republican Party
        Posted on: 2017-01-16 22:04:56   By: Anonymous
        Don't confuse the Dixie democrats with the modern party. Anyone can see where the hate is coming from these days.

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      Re: Republican Party
      Posted on: 2017-01-16 18:40:32   By: Anonymous
      No party is wholly racist, nor is there a mass racist conspiracy perpetrated by either party. There are racists in both parties. Point fingers all you want, both parties have equally despicable people in them.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-16 17:17:01   By: Anonymous
Two of my favorite MLK quotes below. Perhaps today we can honor the man in thought and deed by letting some of the hate go and understand we're all in this together.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

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