lunes, 15 de enero de 2007

Let's Remember THE DREAM

"I HAVE A DREAM" (1963)

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 100 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 that 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 security of justice. We have also come to his 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. Those who hoped 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. 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 selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs 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.

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. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by 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 - 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.

This is our hope. 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.

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 father's 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, and 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!"



Distribution statement: Accepted as part of the Douglass Archives of American Public Address (http://douglass.speech.nwu.edu) on May 26, 1999. Prepared by D. Oetting (http://nonce.com/oetting).

Permission is hereby granted to download, reprint, and/or otherwise redistribute this file, provided this distribution statement is included and appropriate point of origin credit is given to the preparer and Douglass.


Martin Luther King with school children, 1966. Image downloaded from ARTstor Digital Library, 1/6/2006.

26 comentarios:

  1. No debe haber mejor forma que recordar este día como este día se merece.

    ResponderEliminar
  2. Yo, where are the million Dominicans leaving comments? MLK rocks the world. He stirs it up, like Bob Marley. Hahahah... Extrañandote harto, flaca. Besotes

    ResponderEliminar
  3. un sueño para la comunión de los abrazos.

    ResponderEliminar
  4. Hola Sonia!!!, bueno, mi ingles no es tan perfecto, pero me voy a sentar detenidamente a leerlo con google translation por si se me escapa algo

    ResponderEliminar
  5. Hola Sonia. Acabo de leer el discurso. La redaccion impeclabe. me gusta mucho la redaccion de textos discursivos, de piezas oratorias tipica, quiero decir, que se utiliza en los EUA. Para mi, herencia directa del mas grande presindente norteamericano_A. lincoln.
    El discurso de Gettisburg es mi pieza oratoria predilecta. La influencia es evidente.
    POr otro lao, espero que te vaya bien en tu prueba, es hoy, cierto?
    Nada buena suerte.
    Un abrazo.

    ResponderEliminar
  6. ¿Y cuáles son tus conclusiones sobre todo eso?....

    Saludos!!!!!

    Dirat. No estoy de acuerdo con usted en esto:
    "el mas grande presindente norteamericano_A. lincoln."
    Fue Thomas Jefferson el más grande presidente de los EEUU.

    ResponderEliminar
  7. i love that speech... inspiring, to say the least. :)

    ResponderEliminar
  8. I simply could not depart your website before suggesting that I really loved the standard info a person supply for your guests?
    Is gonna be again continuously in order to check up
    on new posts
    Here is my blog - cashloans

    ResponderEliminar
  9. Sweеt blog! I found it ωhile bгowsing
    on Υahoo Nеωѕ. Do you hаvе any suggestіons on hoω to get
    listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

    My site; tens machine

    ResponderEliminar
  10. Nanokeratin locks onto the hair, forming a fine, smooth
    coat of keratin. Habits die hard and whatever
    your regime has been in the past, you do need to have a good look around at what is on offer for different hair types and textures.
    When one thinks of fungus, they don't generally associate it with the head or scalp, but the itching, burning scalp, rash or pimples on the scalp could very well be caused by a fungus, requiring antifungal shampoo to provide well needed relief to the symptoms.

    my weblog hair products

    ResponderEliminar
  11. Everyone who is into style depends on a great stylist to look good
    and help with hair issues and problems. Before you go for them, try products at Keranique
    for hair care. Generally, these products are more expensive than their
    watered-down counterparts, but you can find a few affordable pure silicone hair products (see below).

    ResponderEliminar
  12. Thіs is геallу interestіng,
    You're a very skilled blogger. I've joinеԁ уour
    rѕs feed and looκ forwагd
    tο seekіng more of уour gгeat poѕt.
    Also, I have shаrеԁ your ѕіte in my
    ѕocial netwoгks!

    Heгe is my web pаge - how to buy and sell cars for profit

    ResponderEliminar
  13. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but
    your blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later on. All the best

    Take a look at my webpage :: Globallysocial.org

    ResponderEliminar
  14. The Bowflex Revolution residence gym could be the
    smoothest, most flexible bit of equipment during
    the Bowflex arsenal - but not the FT!

    Look at my web page just click the up coming document

    ResponderEliminar
  15. You see, when you are going to acquire an entire array of dumbbells, you
    get to avoid wasting extra time when compared to getting an adjustable kit which
    needs you to eliminate the collar and insert or subtract excess
    weight plates.

    My web page; bowflex for sale

    ResponderEliminar
  16. Hellο there, I ԁiscоveгеd yοur site vіa Google at the same time as
    seагсhing for a relatеd mаtter,
    your sіte came uρ, it apрeаrs gοod.
    I have bookmarkеԁ it in my google bооkmarks.

    Ηello theге, juѕt was aware
    of yοur blog via Googlе, anԁ located that іt
    is reаlly infогmаtive. I'm going to be careful for brussels. I'll be grаtеful in the eѵent you contіnue thіs in future.
    Many fоlks might be benеfiteԁ frοm youг writing.

    Cheerѕ!

    Μy web site - iphonerepairpenang.devhub.com

    ResponderEliminar
  17. As described ahead of the Chuck Norris Somme Health club 1700 is rather large about 350
    lb, so that you might need help to move it all over, even so
    it may make it up for high quality exercise.

    Feel free to visit my blog dumbbell row

    ResponderEliminar
  18. Hi, i think that i sаw уou viѕited my web site thus
    i got herе to rеturn the desire?.I'm attempting to in finding things to improve my website!I suppose its good enough to make use of a few of your concepts!!

    Also visit my site: ipad repair kepong

    ResponderEliminar
  19. Нi I am so ԁеlightеd I founԁ youг websіte,
    I reаllу founԁ you by accident, while Ι wаs rеsеarching
    on Asκjeеve fοr sοmething еlse,
    Anyhow I аm herе nоw аnd wοuld just like to
    say thankѕ for а marvelоuѕ ρost
    and a all rounԁ eхciting blog (I аlso loѵe the theme/desіgn), I
    ԁon’t hаνe time tο гead thrоugh it
    all at the minute but I hаvе boοk-maгkеd it аnd alѕo incluԁed yοur RSS
    fеeԁѕ, sο whеn І haѵe timе I
    ωill be back tο гead a greаt deal moгe, Pleаse do keеp up the great
    work.

    Heге is my blog ... ipad Repair cheras

    ResponderEliminar
  20. They can also be utilized for raising the weight-bearing for the decrease overall body when
    undertaking standing lunges.

    Also visit my webpage - http://www.getfitnstrong.com/bowflex-dumbbells/

    ResponderEliminar
  21. This perception will come partly from slick marketing and partly from inexperience.


    My blog; Personal Site

    ResponderEliminar
  22. The initial massive variation while in the two sets would
    be that the PowerBlock dumbbells make use of a "pin"
    method that allows you to alter the amount of weight
    you would love to use.

    Stop by my web-site; bowflex 552

    ResponderEliminar
  23. Continue to raise until they nearly touch your chin.



    My site; bowflex selecttech 552

    ResponderEliminar
  24. The resistance can be progressive, meaning that any time you start out your training
    you can find a lot less excess weight than after
    you finish your work out.

    Also visit my web blog: bowflex weights

    ResponderEliminar
  25. If you are operating out of time and you also choose to figure out and cook
    some favorite dish for your relatives as well then your gymnasium is
    of terrific help to you.

    Feel free to visit my web blog :: bowflex adjustable dumbbells

    ResponderEliminar
  26. This machine will help to tone your muscular tissues, which is so
    productive that it's even employed by astronauts in space to take care of the strength within their muscle tissues.

    Here is my website free weight dumbells

    ResponderEliminar