King on ‘the Dream’, Peaceful Protest, & Justice

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On August 28, 1963, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  gave his historic I Have A Dream speech – at the Civil Rights Movement’s March on Washington.

Excerpts of King’s speech can be found below.

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Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Justice for All

“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”.


On Virtues of Peaceful Protest

“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”.

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On His Dream

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.”1


Footnotes:

1Isaiah 40:4-5 (KJV)

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PHOTO CREDITS:

King with Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson:  U.S. Embassy New Delhi/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

March, Memphia (3/29/68):  Recuerdos de Pandora/flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

 

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