Thursday Thirteen

In light of the Supreme Court ruling today on a racial issue in schools, here are 13 quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, I Have a Dream speech:

1. As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.

2. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to 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 and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

3. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. 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 to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

4. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

5. 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.

6. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

7. I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

8. 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.”

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, 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.

13. And when this happens, When we allow freedom to 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!”

Wow!  If that doesn’t rouse you, nothing will!  Have a great day and may freedom ring!

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristin
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 20:42:56

    It’s amazing how pertinant his words are even today!

    Great list, and happy TT!

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  2. Lori
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 21:26:04

    Thanks for the quotes…they were great:)

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  3. Jacy
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 22:44:45

    I saw that on the news today and about a dozen people called in bringing up his very words…I just wish more people could reflect back to the things he portrayed. The quotes are beautiful and the truth lies within each one of them.
    hope you are having a wonderful day 😀
    Jacy

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  4. Amanda
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 23:16:59

    wonderful words to reflect upon. and yes, it is, of course, “Moo Ba La La La”…one of our favs! Elizabeth is too funny…she loves to make the animals sounds before we even turn the page! 🙂 Our favorite is when she snorts and snuffs like a rhinocerous.

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  5. gail
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 00:21:32

    Awww…..I can’t steal this, Amy! He was a very good man, though.

    Are you melting in the heat like we are? Supposted to get a break tomorrow, though.

    Hug the Peanut for me, please.

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  6. Christine
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 04:22:54

    Those were great quotes Amy!The last one especially really had me reflecting on how much ‘our’ freedom means.

    Happy Thursday!

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  7. The Mad Penguin
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 09:38:50

    I have a dream…this three words…so simple yet so powerful!

    And concerning number 1, yeap, that did rouse me alright. It’s my off day and I’m determined to walk into the mall and march ahead. I cannot turn back. Haha

    Happy TT!

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  8. The Gal Herself
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 11:44:30

    #11 never fails to touch my heart. Thanks for reminding us of these important words.

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  9. carrie211
    Jun 29, 2007 @ 19:05:40

    Great list! Love it.
    God bless 🙂

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  10. YoungMommy
    Jun 30, 2007 @ 02:17:25

    “A dream that… the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” Amen!

    I got my TT up a little late yesterday… but, better late than never, huh?

    Reply

  11. Robin
    Jun 30, 2007 @ 07:12:42

    Thank you for taking the time to add all these wonderful quotes! God Bless you and have a great Independence Day! Blessings!

    Reply

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