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Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream (1963) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a Nobel Laureate Baptist minister and African American civil rights activist. He is regarded as one of the greatest leaders and heroes in America's history, and in the modern history of nonviolence. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King [Aug 2004]

I Have a Dream [...]

"I Have a Dream" is the identifying phrase of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most famous speech. Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963, it speaks powerfully and eloquently of King's desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist harmoniously and as equals. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream [Aug 2004]

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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 a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four 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.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

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.

1963, steps at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream (1963)

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream (1963) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

One of the greatest and most memorable moments in the civil rights movement occurred when 200,000 people marched on Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Not only was the gathering of so many united people extraordinary, but that day Martin Luther King Jr. stood before the marchers and delivered his most eloquent and inspiring speech. This video offers the "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety, as well as footage of the opposition the protesters faced, such as the fire hoses the police in Alabama used to disperse the crowds. The narrator explains that the hoses shot 700 pounds of pressure, enough to strip the bark off a tree. However, the grimness of this era is not the only focus in this video. Dr. King had so much hope and faith in the success of the civil rights movement, and the greatest demonstration of this is in the famous speech. He uses modern metaphors and poetry to get his message out clearly, as when he describes the capitol as having given blacks a check marked "insufficient funds," but he reminds us that they will refuse to believe the bank of justice is bankrupt, that they will cash their check for riches of freedom and security of justice. Throughout the speech he emphasizes his mission: nonviolence as a method of overcoming ("Soul force against militant force") and the importance of walking together as a unified group, and never walking alone. Although the video ends with his death, it still leaves the viewer feeling uplifted with Robert Kennedy's memorial address, pleading with Americans to hold on to Dr. King's views and adopt them as their own. A concise video with one of the greatest speeches of our time. --Samantha Allen Storey, Amazon.com

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