In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights rally on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. King James Version of the Bible. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. August 28, 1963 , below is audio of Dr.
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. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. 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. Unlicensed use of the speech or a part of it can still be lawful in some circumstances, especially in jurisdictions under doctrines such as or.
It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! Thus, the rhetoric of the speech provides redemption to America for its racial sins.
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. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last. In August of 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans crowded before the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. When the architects of our great 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. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. 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.
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. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. Similarities and allusions Further information: King's speech used words and ideas from his own speeches and other texts. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. 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 a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring! Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
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. 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. Over the final years of his life, King continued to spearhead campaigns for change even as he faced challenges by increasingly radical factions of the movement he helped popularize. With this faith we will be able to work together, pray together; to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom forever, mowing that we will be free one day. 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.
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. For the full text, see the Martin Luther King, Jr. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.