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Dramatic Radio – “I have a dream” September 4, 2006

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. waged a nonviolent war for racial equality. Armed with skilled oratory and belief in the United States’ Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal,” he advanced the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1963, King was arrested while marching and protesting in Birmingham, Alabama. He subsequently organized a huge march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Excerpts of King’s speech are as follows:

“In a sense we have 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. …

“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. …

“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 every valley shall be exalted, 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. …

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a 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 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 Almighty, we are free at last!'”

Amen.

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