MLK's Dream, August 28th, 1963 ...

On August 28th, 53 years ago, Martin Luther King delivered his moving, historic "I Have A Dream" speech.

Since that time mankind has travelled so far in our journey for true equality for all men and women, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, colour or nationality.

But it seems to us that our race has recently taken several steps backwards, in so many places.

Extreme nationalism has taken hold in both Europe and the USA, as well as many other nations, and hatred of anyone different comes with it. Even in nations previously known for tolerance are people, driven by fear, turning towards politicians who know how to stoke that fear, and use it for their own ends.

His words, seen as inspiration now, were seen as a threat by the FBI, who stated:
"We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security."
Today of all days, we post his original, uplifting speech.

His dream is still unrealised, but others, including ourselves, take up the pledge for the same dream. Recently we were humbled to receive an email of support from his youngest daughter, Bernice Albertine King, of the King Centre.

The full text of his speech is available online, but we shall quote here the most iconic parts, 'I Have A Dream' and 'Let Freedom Ring'.

I have a dream today!
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 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. 
I have a dream today! 
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls 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.  
And 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 Rockies of Colorado.  
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.  
But not only that.  
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.  
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.  
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring! 
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: 
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

We will not let his dream die.