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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1-21-08

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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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Thanks for posting, Levee and eternal light;

until we actually make all of these dreams our reality, we can never be reminded too many times of Dr. King's words.

Edited by dig zoso

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Sorry to have to tell you this Levee, but the King family does not allow any printing of Dr. King's speeches (except for a few lines), or any other type of broadcasting or otherwise.... unless you PAY THE FAMILY A FEE.

The great Dr. King may have had a dream, but his family charges a price for that dream.

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levee you should have posted this on spiritaul musings

i love it

Edited by MOJO

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- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sorry to have to tell you this Levee, but the King family does not allow any printing of Dr. King's speeches (except for a few lines), or any other type of broadcasting or otherwise.... unless you PAY THE FAMILY A FEE.

The great Dr. King may have had a dream, but his family charges a price for that dream.

I read the speech today at a local elementary school as I do every year And I wasn't arrested.

I always believed that the King family had it copywrited as to keep it away from commercialism.

If you want to use it in any manner you have to pay, period.

Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have wanted his I Have A Dream speech used for commercial purposes without his approval, I'm glad it's that way. I don't want to turn on the TV and hear"New! I have a dream ice cream"! Do you?

Alinds, trivializing such an important speech only shows your IQ.

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Give me a break.

I lack intelligence because I posted a picture that I happen to think is funny.

Pretty naive view you got there.

Edited by alinds

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:( I say this with great sadness....I admire MLK and what he stands for and hands up here who doesn't, BUT after many moons on this here Earth and in view of what's happening today under our very eyes, I say: PEACE AND FREEDOM IS SELLING....BUT WHO'S BUYING? I think if MLK were here today, he would be deeply depressed with what's happening in the world!!!

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