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. Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Add to Favorites.
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It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. My Lord is not an end, but a beginning.
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Yes 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. 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, No, no, no, no [ 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.
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My Lord Again and again No, no , we must rise to the majestic heights Yes of meeting physical force with soul force. My Lord The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people Hmm , 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 [ sustained 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. Yes 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. Yes 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. 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.
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You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith Hmm that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi Yeah , 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 Yes , knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Yes Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
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My Lord. I say to you today, my friends [ applause ], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow Uh-huh , I still have a dream. Yes It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia Yes, Talk , 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 Yes [ applause ] that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice Yeah , sweltering with the heat of oppression Mhm , will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.