This podcast features Martin Luther King Jr's landmark I Have A Dream Speech, delivered on August 28th, 1963.
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00:00:16subscribe please visit our website at W. W. W. dot learn out loud dot com slash podcast thank you for listening I have the pleasure to present to you doctor Martin Luther king John with you today and rob will go down in history as as the greatest demonstration for
00:00:51freedom in the history of our nation far as the goal a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today sign the Emancipation Proclamation this momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering
00:01:34injustice it came as a joyous daybreak during the long night of their captivity but one hundred years later the new rolls still is not free one hundred years later the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination one
00:02:13hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity one hundred years later the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land and so we've come here today
00:02:46to dramatize a shameful condition in a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check when the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the constitution and the declaration of independence they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall down
00:03:16this note was a promise that all yes black men as well as white men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness it is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned instead
00:03:47of honoring this sacred obligation America has given the Negro people a bad check a check which has come back marked insufficient funds but we refuse to believe that justice is bankrupt we refuse to believe about I insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation so
00:04:27we've come to cash this check a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice we have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now this is no time to engage in the luxury of
00:05:02cooling all fall to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism now is the time to make real the promises of democracy now is the time the rise from the dark and desolate of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice now is the time we lived on nation from
00:05:36the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood now is the time maybe just it would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment this sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom
00:06:08and equality nineteen sixty three is not an end but a beginning those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will not be content well I have a rule to awakening if the nation returns to business as usual now will be neither rest nor tranquility
00:06:46in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges that is something that I must say to my people Husam threshold in the process of gaining our rightful place
00:07:17we must be one we will generate a long remember Ron's also so three thousand well not well we won't there and back the Arab world right when will you we we cannot be satisfied as long in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has
00:09:36nothing for which to we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like and I just miss my from my district I'm not my own mind some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations some of you have come fresh
00:10:21from our jails some of you have come from areas where your quest quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution he staggered by the winds of police brutality you have been the veterans of creative suffering continue to work with the faith that suffering is redemptive
00:10:51go back to Mississippi go to Alabama go back to South Carolina go back to Georgia go back to Louisiana go back to the slums and ghettos of our malls and knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed let us not wallow in the valley of despair
00:11:15I say to you today my friends so even though we face a difficult to today and tomorrow I still have a jury 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
00:11:54of its creed we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created I have a dream then one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners we may be able to sit down together at
00:12:26the table of brotherhood I have a dream then one day even the state of Mississippi a state sweltering with the heat investors sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice the mind will one day live in a nation where they
00:13:00will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of our character they had one yeah with its vicious racists when dripping with the notification one was in to join hands with little white boys and white those involved with one never in my places
00:14:00will be made plain places will be made this is this is with this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair we're best friends we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation a full symphony of brotherhood we will be
00:14:35able to work together to pray together to struggle together to go to jail together no three one this this will be the day when all be able to my country to be we land where my fathers died land of the pilgrim's pride from every mountainside let freedom ring
00:15:12and if America is to be a white nation you must become true so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania let freedom ring from the snow capped
00:15:34Rockies let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California but not only that let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia let freedom ring from in the industry I'm when we from the state we will be able to speed up when children white men Jews and gentiles Protestants
00:16:26and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the

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