By: Martin Luther king
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for our nation. Five score years ago a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This was great hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been suffering from injustice.
But one year later, the Negro still is not free, is sadly crippled by the chains of segregation and discrimination – As so we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the constituent and they were signing a promissory note which that all men – Black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and happiness. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation America has given the Negro people a bad cheek.
We have come to remind America that this is the time to make real the promises of democracy and to the sunlit path of racial justice and to make justice a reality for all of God’s children – There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights and the whirl winds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges 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 for many of our white brothers have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny - we cannot walk alone; As we walk we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead we cannot turn back – We are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I say to you today, my friends so even though we face the difficulties...