On august 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave the following speech to 250.000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Millions more watched on TV.
Section of Martin Luther King’s Speech
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 slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood… I have a dream that my four 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 the state of Alabama… will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today… with this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
When we let 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!”