A Call to Conscience

June 28, 2009 at 8:22 am (Inspiration, Thought, Family, Motivation, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Do you have a dream?
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and now it’s a reality in our time.
In this post, is one of the greatest speeches ever delivered on Earth
I have learnt a great deal from this speech and I hope you learn something from this speech also…

“I Have a Dream,” Address delivered at the March
on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
28 August 1963
Washington, D.C

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. [applause]
Fivescore 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 one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. [Audience:] (My Lord) 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 (My Lord) [applause], 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 (Yeah), 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 which has come back marked
“insufficient funds.” [Sustained applause]
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. (My Lord) [laughter] (Sure enough) 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 (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom
(Yes) and the security of justice. [applause]
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no
time (My Lord) to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
[Applause] Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. (My Lord) 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
[applause] to lift our nation from the quicksand’s of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
Now is the time [applause] 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. And those who hope 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. [applause] 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. (My Lord) [applause] 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. [applause] 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?” (Never)
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 [applause] 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. [applause] 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.” [applause] 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. (Yes) [applause] No, no, we
are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like
a mighty stream.” [applause]
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. (My Lord)
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 the storms of persecution (Yes) 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 (Yes), 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. (Yes) Let us not wallow in the
valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and
tomorrow, I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day (Yes) 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.” (Yes) [applause]
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
(Well), sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream (Well) [applause] 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. (My Lord) I have a
dream today. [Applause]
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” (Yes), 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. [Applause]
I have a dream that one day “every valley shall be exalted (Yes), and every hill and mountain shall be
made low; the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight (Yes); and
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” (Yes)
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. (Yes) With this faith we will be able
to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Yes) With this faith we will be able to
Transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. (Talk about it)
With this faith (My Lord) we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, and to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. [Applause] This
Will be the day [applause continues], this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes) will be able
To sing with new meaning:
My country, ’tis of thee (Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my father’s died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yes),
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring (Yes) 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. (Yes, that’s right)
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. (Well)
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes)
But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. (Yes)
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes)
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes)
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. [Applause]
And when this happens [applause continues], when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from
Every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city (Yes), 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! (Yes) Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! [Applause]

Hope you have learnt a great deal while reading this post, Do not give up on your Country

Abraham Isaac Omotayo
Mostwanted1_mt@yahoo.com
+2348082698889

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3 Comments

  1. Adeniyi said,

    Dreams are the seeds that grow into fruitful trees tommorrow.
    But it depends on whether we water those dreams by the waters of tireless efforts of today. There is no future hiding anywhere. The future is just the processed outcome of today.That is why we must ensure that more is done than said. The Lord help us. Kudos Abraham. keep flaming

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