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200,000 people listen as Martin Luther King delivers "I Have A Dream" speech - August 28th, 1963.
The overwhelmingly massive but peaceful rally was the largest assembly for a redress of grievances that the capital had ever seen. King was the last speaker. He spoke of struggle and stressed the importance nonviolent action and protest. “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.” He told the crowd, then he went on to deliver what became the best-known speech in U.S. history, second only to the Gettysburg Address.
“ 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 one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners 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, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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. I have a dream today....”
He ended his 16-minute speech with his vision of racial harmony:
“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!'”
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