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.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, 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, sons of former slaves, and sons of former slave owners will sit together in a table of brother.
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.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
28 August 1963, on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
It's a lot easy to talk about certain issues in the heat of the moment, than actually doing something about it. Most people are afraid of what will happen to them when they speak up. Afraid that Big Brother is going to come a-knocking on your footsteps. Dr. MLK, Jr. knew that, it was only a matter of time. But just watch as he speaks to us. It's incredible watching him commandeer an entire nation of people to stand up in nonviolent protest. Why? Because it's our right. This country was founded on that principle of protest. Freedom from religious oppression, freedom to speak our minds without the government telling us what to believe in, freedom to do as we please within the limits of a civilized society, and freedom to share the love with the rest of the world. We should constantly be questioning the system, not to uproot it, or to destroy it, but to make it better for our prosperity. What will we leave behind? Better yet, what will you leave behind?