On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day let us all reflect on the fact that we have come a long way; however, we have a ways still to go. MLK Jr’s message goes out to all people, not just to blacks or to whites, all. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, do not let others interpret that dream for you. Listen to it and figure it out for yourself. It is never about the color of one’s skin, it is always about the content of one’s character. Always!
August 28, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Full text of MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech can be read here.
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 slave owners 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.