Monday, January 19, 2009

-- Martin Luther King day, Free at Last (video)

"...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 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." (video, 17 minutes)
"...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!"
. August 23, 1963 speech in Washington DC. Full text of speech-->

Tragically, Martin Luther King was assassinated about 5 years after he made this speech on April 4, 1968 when he was about my age -- only 39. He might have been alive today to see tomorrow's momentous occasion....

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